After seven years of Tory-led government, real-terms wage cuts to public sector workers – nurses, teaching assistants and council employees among them – should translate into a ballot box backlash on June 8, with Croydon Central’s Conservative MP Gavin Barwell among the most vulnerable to losing their seats, according to research conducted by one of the country’s largest trades unions.
The GMB union reckons that there could be as many as 12,800 public service workers living in Barwell’s constituency, and if they were all to turn out to vote, they could help to overturn the career politicians slender 165-vote majority from the last General Election.
“Enough is enough,” Tim Roache, the GMB’s general secretary, said this week. “Public sector workers keep the country going and they urgently need real pay rises.
“We’re putting Conservative MPs on notice – if they don’t deliver for their public sector constituents, then they could be out of the door.”
Barwell is fifth on the GMB union hit list of Tory MPs who it says could be unseated on June 8 if public sector workers all turn ut and vote in a concerted manner. Continue reading