Use your vote to make real changes
Mohammed Shafiq, chair of the PCS black members’ network, explains why it is vitally important for black members to vote in the general election.
On 12 December the country will be going to the polls to elect a new government.
It is an important moment for us to reflect on the chaos of the last nine years; as public sector workers we know how much our pay, pensions, terms and conditions have been impacted over that time. Services for the public have been affected. Homelessness is on the rise across the country and the Tories have no plans beyond demonising and lying about Jeremy Corbyn.
In terms of our black communities, who can forget the hostile environment for minority communities, where “go home” vans were paraded through their areas? The effects of the Windrush scandal are still being felt, with victims dying before they can see justice.
Vote for action
PCS is not affiliated to any political party but everything we stand for and campaign for has formed part of the offer from the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have been supporters and advocates for our union and if elected we would see motions passed at our conferences become government policy.
Stop the hate
Sitting out this election is not an option for black members, our families and communities. We know when right-wing politicians want to appeal to their supporter base, they attack black workers, migrants, refugees, Muslims and Jews. We have seen the massive increase in hate crimes and Labour has a plan to stop this evil.
Nothing can happen without Labour winning on 12 December. I urge you to vote, encourage your family and friends to vote and canvass your church, synagogue, temple or mosque.
You can get in touch with your regional office to find out how you can hold candidates to account on PCS priorities and join local campaigns.
If we win this, we will help the country work for the many and not the few.
Mohammed Shafiq, chair of the PCS black members’ network