Sunday, April 17, 2005

Nice to see our union friends standing up for Labour

From The Guardian...

We are in no doubt what a Tory government would mean for our members and for Britain; and that's why we are urging our members to vote Labour on May 5. But the Liberal Democrats are no better, as demonstrated by their failure to spell out how they would pay for their spending plans.

Voters should also remember that the Lib Dems failed to support the introduction of the minimum wage and described the previous increase as "dangerous"; opposed the 10p tax rate, which helps the lowest earners; have failed to match Labour's pledge to extend paid maternity leave to nine months; want to scrap the DTI, the department that has been working to save Rover; threaten to return Britain to Thatcherite levels of unemployment by pledging to scrap the New Deal, which so far, has helped over 1 million people back into work; and are now proposing to effectively ban strikes in "essential" services and end national bargaining in the public sector.

Those who suggest there is little difference between the main parties are not only wrong, but also provide dangerous succour to those considering not voting or registering a protest vote. There is only one way to keep the Tories out and re-elect a Labour government and that's by voting Labour.

Tony Dubbins - Chair, Trade Union & Labour Party Liaison Organisation
And the following general secretaries and union leaders:Dave Prentis (Unison); Derek Simpson (Amicus); Tony Woodley (TGWU); Paul Kenny (GMB); Billy Hayes (CWU); John Hannett (Usdaw); Alan Ritchie (Ucatt); Michael Leahy (Community); Gerry Morrissey (Bectu); Gerry Doherty (TSSA); Keith Norman (Aslef)

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