Although much of the media would have us believe that the outcome of the general election on 8 June is a foregone conclusion, there is much to play for. Get involved now – with UNISON members, your colleagues, friends and family.
There are three main things you can do:
1. Use our public services champions campaign to make sure public services are at the top of the political agenda.
The campaign contrasts the value the public attache to public services with the testimonies of UNISON members about the challenges of delivering public services after nearly 10 years of cuts.
Because of spending restrictions UNISON cannot run the adverts throughout the election period. Materials and ideas produced for the campaign can be used locally by you and your colleagues to keep public services in the election debate.
Find resources and discussion points you can use on the doorstep, in your workplace, branch and online at the Public Services Champions campaign
2. Volunteer to help out with your local Labour party
One of the ways in which you can make most difference is by volunteering with your local Labour party.
If you haven’t done it before this might sound daunting, but you will receive a warm welcome. There are always a range of different jobs to be done, so that you can become involved in a way that you are most comfortable with.
Speak to the Labour Link officer in your branch or learn more from the Labour party.
3. Have conversations – with members, your colleagues, friends and family.
Make sure they know how important this election is for public services. There could not be more at stake. A Conservative government with an increased majority will implement more cuts, resulting in an ever more challenging time for public services and those that provide them. But we know that more cuts would be deeply unpopular with the public. Over the coming weeks we have an opportunity to spell out what this election means for the NHS, local government, our schools, policing and all our other public services. We must take it.
Use our election and public service champions resources to get talking and make the case.
And finally here’s a guide for activists and members, to help you use your influence in your local area – A guide to campaigning in the general election.