Monday, September 22, 2014
Going back to our roots
Our General Secretary, Dave Prentis went back to his roots at Labour Party Conference today with a Conference speech that pledged support for Ed Miliband but demanded support in turn for our members, whom Dave referred to as “our roots, our betrayed base.”
Reminding the Conference that we are planning strike action in health and local government in the coming month, Dave said; “we expect our Labour movement, our Labour party, our political leadership to support us when our members take action.”
That is a message which UNISON branches need to take to every Labour MP and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.
We should focus our energies in the run up to the election on supporting candidates who march with us in London and Glasgow on Saturday 18 October, and make a special effort for those who join our picket lines outside hospitals on Monday 13 October, and Council offices on Tuesday 14 October.
Labour politicians should support the Party’s “betrayed base” by coming back to the roots of our movement and supporting workers in struggle this autumn.