Date: 25 JULY 2008
GLASGOW EAST - UNISON REACTION
UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis said: "This was a terrible
result for Labour and the Government must listen to what the voters
in Glasgow East said. It cannot be business as usual, there has
to be a change of direction - a change that shows that the Government
is listening and is willing to reconnect with its core supporters.
"Public sector workers, the core vote, have been reeling from
massive price hikes and a draconian pay policy that affects only
them. How on earth does the Government think that it can keep their
support if it continues to ignore their issues. Public service workers
need to feel valued for the essential services they provide to our
local communities. They need to feel that their Government stands
up for them.
"And the Government should move into the 21st century by ditching
a privatisation agenda that failed in the 80s and 90s. Big multi-nationals
shouldn't be allowed to make huge profits out of our schools and
hospitals and then walk away when things go wrong.
"The Labour Party must examine seriously how it can reconnect with
its core vote before it's too late."