Union members urged to use their vote wisely in vital elections, 1 May

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date: 25 April 2008

embargo: 26 April 2008

At the SERTUC Annual General Meeting, (Saturday 26 April), Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary, will say:

'There are more than two million trade union members living and working in London, the South East and the East of England. Most of them have the opportunity to vote in local or the Greater London Authority elections, to be held on 1 May.

'Trade unions fought hard to win the right for men and women to have the vote. Now it is important that every trade unionist uses their vote, and that they use it wisely.

'I urge trade unionists in this region to reflect on the key issues, which I think include, transport, housing, skills, employment, anti-poverty, a living wage for all workers, equality at work and in the community, and anti-racism. Then union members should critically assess the policy programmes that are on offer.

'Millions of people in this region believe that trade unions have a key role in their workplaces and in a modern Britain. So I urge every member of union to use their vote to support candidates that share our confidence that unions have a vital contribution to make in the workplace and in the community. And I urge voters to support candidates who believe in the provision and enforcement of excellent employment and health and safety rights at work for every worker.'

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Contacts:

Media enquiries:
Laurie Heselden, Regional Campaigns and Policy Officer

T: 020 7467 1292 M: 0781 800 2877 E: [email protected]
Megan Dobney, Regional Secretary

M: 07879 631785

SERTUC is the TUC region responsible for London, the South East and the East of England.

The SERTUC AGM is open to all trade unionists as 'observers'.

It will be held at Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS, 10am-2pm, 26 April.

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