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Leaders of the People Speak About the Labour Manifesto

Labour Manifesto: Views From The Left


MAY
2017
Friday 12TH

posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain
 

UNIONS praised Labour’s draft manifesto yesterday for its pledges on renationalisation, strengthening workers’ rights, and ending zero-hours contracts and public-sector pay cuts.

 

Dave Prentis – Unison general secretary

 

People want to see an end to the crisis in our overstretched NHS and social care system, both of which are crying out for cash as a result of underfunding and huge cuts to council budgets.

 

“Health workers will like proposals to lift the 1 per cent cap and scrap excessive hospital parking charges.

 

“Care staff and other low-paid workers will welcome plans to act on zero-hours contracts, make work fairer and raise the minimum wage.

 

Mark Serwotka – PCS general secretary

 

Labour’s manifesto pledges to end the public-sector pay cap, improve collective bargaining, repeal anti-trade union legislation and strengthen employment rights are welcome news indeed for PCS members and for all public-sector workers.

 

Matt Wrack – FBU general secretary

 

The Tories have undertaken an unprecedented and savage assault on fire services.

 

Over 10,000 front-line firefighter posts have been axed and fire deaths are on the rise.

 

Labour stands on a manifesto that will tilt power back towards working people.

 

Neil Clark – Campaign for Public Ownership

 

We’ve been campaigning for renationalisation for years but there’s been a taboo around public ownership.

 

I can’t overestimate how important it is that we’re moving away from a fixation with privatisation.

 

As for the ‘back to the ’70s’ slur — the ’70s had the lowest gap between rich and poor in Britain’s history, affordable transport, affordable homes.

 

Bring it on!

 

Len McCluskey – Unite general secretary

 

If the British electorate can only look at [this manifesto] rather than the obsession journalists have about the leadership of the Labour Party!

 

[These policies are] really, really exciting.

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