Commenting on the PM’s decision to call an election for June, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“Theresa May promised repeatedly there’d be no general election before 2020. Here’s further proof no-one should trust a word the Prime Minister says. This is something people should bear in mind every time she makes a promise during the coming election campaign.
“At a time of unprecedented national and international uncertainty, the Conservatives have thrown the country into a snap election, but now at least people can have their say about the future of the country.
“As the UK prepares to leave the EU, this election must be about the future of our public services and the spending cuts unleashed over the past seven years. The government cannot and must not be given a renewed mandate for further funding squeezes and ending cherished rights at work.
“Labour now has an opportunity to show that it is the alternative government the country needs, campaigning and winning for working people everywhere.”