Let’s get the vote out

Over the past few weeks, I have had the pleasure of standing alongside thousands of other UNISON activists who have been volunteering to get the vote out.

With the country set to go to the polls on Thursday, the few remaining days of the election campaign will be equally important. 

This Thursday we will all be faced with a stark choice. 

Do we want another five years of the most right-wing Tory government we have ever seen? A party that offers no solution to the NHS, job security and the cost-of-living crisis, which is making life so difficult for ordinary people? 

What we desperately need is a government that stands up for our public services and the people who deliver them.

Tory cuts have had a devastating effect on local communities since 2010 and worse is yet to come if they are re-elected.

We’ve are publishing a report tomorrow (6 May) showing the scale of these cuts in council services alone.

This government has forced local people to pay more for local services such as on-street parking, social care, the registration of births, deaths and marriages.

Such is the extent of spending cuts that many services, such as libraries,  are close to disappearing.

If the Tories form the next government, the savage cuts they propose could well mean the end of many services – like pest control, museums, allotments, youth services and sports centres – that councils are not legally obliged to provide.

And many local authorities would struggle to run social care and child protection.

This is the most important election for a generation. We all need to play our part in getting the vote out - especially among union members. 

When it comes to our public services – including our National Health Service – we have everything to play for. Care for it? Vote for it.