Commenting on the local election results in England, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said today (Friday):

“Politicians of all parties should stop fighting for soundbites and get on with the job. Record inflation and a possible recession require more than propaganda.

“Local elections have produced mixed results and low turnouts, proving that none of them are connecting with the everyday issues of workers and communities.

“There is no ‘vision’ to buy into and with less than a third of voters turning up to polling stations across swathes of seats, the silent electorate is screaming for politicians to listen.

“Workers and communities are hurting. There is real pain and now is the time to act. No more soundbites or bandwagons, we need a concrete platform. An alternative to working people paying the price for this pandemic and its aftermath.

“Over the coming months Unite will be using our resources to mobilise, push up pay and force action on the key issues facing our communities.

“Politicians of all stripes should listen to the electorate and start delivering real solutions to the cost of living crisis.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.