Theresa May has called an early general election for cynical, self-serving reasons. The Conservatives are hoping they can win a new term of office by distracting the country from the terrible damage their cuts are doing to the economy, to public services and to people’s lives.
Since 2010, more than 110,000 civil and public service jobs have been axed - plus more in privatised areas - living standards have been slashed by 14%, and hundreds of offices serving the public have closed.
The public services we all rely on, such as the NHS, have been thrown into crisis. Our schools face deep cuts in funding. Migrants and ethnic minorities face rising racism. People who depend on social security have been targeted and vilified. All of this has taken place while rich corporations and individuals have been given tax breaks.
For these reasons, the worst possible outcome of this election for us would be another Tory government with its vicious spending cuts. We already know they plan to continue the public sector pay cap, and they have proposed more office closures and job cuts.
Importantly, the election gives us a significant opportunity to step up our campaigning, nationally and locally, against office closures, job cuts and the pay cap. Our national executive committee will be meeting on 2 May to consider a campaign plan that will assist branches in lobbying parliamentary candidates and raise our call for an alternative to austerity.
We are not affiliated to any political party but the NEC has previously agreed to support Jeremy Corbyn’s continued leadership of the Labour party as best serving our members’ interests.
At our annual conference in 2016 Corbyn promised to restore national pay negotiations in the civil service, and pledged to oppose further cuts to pay and redundancy terms and repeal the Tories' Trade Union Act.
Further information for branches will follow soon.