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Photo – Emily with Mick Simpkin and Katie Feighan of GMB Union outside Sutton Civic offices.

Emily Brothers, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, gave her support to striking public sector worker today. Ms Brothers said:
“I don’t want a strike, not least because of the impact on children and parents, service users and the wider public.
“Sadly, public sector workers have little option other than strike action in light of the Coalition’s austerity measures, as well as the way they have ill-treated the pay and conditions of employees, many working part-time and on low pay.
“Instead of ramping up the rhetoric the Government should get round the table, because both sides have a responsibility to stop it happening. Sutton Council likewise needs to engage with all unions in a more constructive way.
“I’m proud that Labour embarrassed the Lib Dem council into paying The London living wage and successfully argued for this year’s pay offer across the public sector being more generous to those on the lowest incomes. Labour called on the Government to do this two years ago when we said we accepted the argument for restraint in this parliament to protect jobs.
“Public sector workers keep our services going day in day out, despite savage Tory-Lib Dem government cuts to vital services and jobs. They look after the elderly, the vulnerable and help educate our children. Almost half a million jobs have gone with those left doing far more for far less.
“Lib Dem Sutton Council earlier this week set out their broad approach to further cuts to the workforce, with consequential cuts to local services. I think this will have a devastating impact on Sutton and Cheam residents. The Lib Dem austerity mission can’t carry on, as it is seriously damaging the life chances of local people and putting huge pressure on council workers.”

Photograph – Emily with Carol Shorter, Sheila Cox and Kirsty Robertson of Unison outside Sutton Civic Offices.

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