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Affirmative Action Needed On Employment Differential

16 December, 2003


Reacting to the publication of a report into employment practices in the six counties by the Equality Commission, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality Caitríona Ruane said that the report showed clearly 'that much work remains to be done if the unemployment differential between Catholics and Protestants is to be closed'.

Ms Ruane said:

"This report is another reminder of the work which remains to be done to see that the unemployment differential between Catholics and Protestants is closed. It is a reminder of how much inequality remains within the core of society in the six counties.

"I think that it is also worth noting that the Castlereagh Council model so often put forward by the DUP as an example of a well run local authority employs a 93% Protestant workforce and that the PSNI currently have a 91.6% Protestant workforce.

"Sinn Féin will continue to work to ensure that both the public and private sector adopt affirmative action in order to see employment practices which do not discriminate against the Catholics population in the future." ENDS

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