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Failing Tory Government Working For The Few, Not The Many

15/05/2017 12:09 BST | Updated 15/05/2017 12:09 BST

Broken promises, and unfulfilled manifestos. That's what we have been offered by this Tory government, and the sham coalition that preceded it.

Year after year, Theresa May's Tory party has pledged to rebalance the economy, clamp down on aggressive tax evasion, invest in education and public services such as the NHS, as well as ensure workers' rights for all citizens.

In truth, what have they actually delivered?

Well, when it comes to rebalancing the economy, the Tory party has overseen spiralling government debt. Public sector net debt as a percentage of GDP rose to 86.6 percent in March 2017 - a staggering 33 percent higher than when Labour left government in 2010. In a desperate effort to reduce that, the Tories continue to resort to draconian austerity measures across the country. The kind of measures that hit working people - and local services - the most.

They also promised the government deficit would be wiped out by 2015 - a promise that has since been pushed back to 2020, and now the early 2020s. The Tories like going back on their word, you see. I doubt they will even come close to hitting the new target too. It will be impossible. This is a political party that is obviously averse to collecting tax receipts off their wealthy donors, and to confronting their tax avoiding multinational chums in the city. To meet their deficit target - they would need to do both things.

Looking for an example of this double standard approach, one doesn't need to look further than the next door McDonald's restaurant.

Back in December, the world's largest fast-food chain announced its decision to move its non-US tax base to the UK. With corporate tax scheduled to fall to 17 percent by 2020 under the Tory government, the tainted golden arches had sensed an opportunity to save some more money. And that's the kind of opportunity McDonald's never misses.

Indeed, this is a company with a flagrant disregard for corporate ethics, its workers and consumers. To such an extent, that it is currently facing an ongoing HMRC investigation into its tax dealings, a European Commission investigation into its tax schemes in Europe as well as a series of Anti-Trust cases in various European countries. Against this background, you must seriously question why this Tory government is allowing - and in fact, actively encouraging - companies like McDonald's to come to the UK.

The whole thing stinks more than a rotten burger.

We - at the BFAWU - are doing our level best to fight back, one step at a time, wherever we can. McDonald's have for too long endorsed the use of zero-hours contracts. There not the only one. Across the country, zero-hour contracts are abused - with over a million people facing uncertainty over how many hours they will work and how much they will earn.

Last month, the efforts of thousands of workers and unionists - with the support of the BFAWU - brought this abusive practice to an end, as McDonald's agreed to drop zero hour contracts. It is this change that we want to see across the entire country.

And we are not alone. In Jeremy Corbyn, we have a leader on our side. The Labour Party are fighting for those ordinary working class citizens, whose voices have been drowned out by Tory greed and promises. And they have the support of the BFAWU too, who are campaigning alongside the Labour party to improve workers' rights, ban zero hour contracts and raise the minimum wage to £10. We've seen how collective action and union pressure - such as the Fight For $15 campaign in the US - can change the lives of millions of hard working citizens for the better. That's exactly the change which the Labour Party, and the BFAWU, want to see in the UK, too.

These policies not only make sense for millions of working people, but they are for many necessary for survival. It's no wonder this country's leader refuses to debate her party's policies in front of the electorate and opposition - she would have no leg to stand on!

Not only has her party failed to deliver on their existing promises, but they have once again raised uncertainty for ordinary working class citizens in the upcoming general election, too. The Tories have not met their targets again, the economy has worsened and people are less well off - is more of this what we really need for the next five years?