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Sinn Féin attend Belfast rally in support of workers

17 April, 2009 - by Alex Maskey

A number of representatives from Sinn Féin’s Trade Union Department today attended the protest at Belfast City Hall in support of those workers who have lost their jobs over recent weeks.

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey, who attended the rally said this afternoon,

“Sinn Féin sends solidarity to those men and women who have found themselves thrown out of work over the last number of weeks. This has had a huge impact on them, their families and their communities.

The global downturn is no doubt having massive reverberations throughout the world but it is completely defeatist to suggest that the Executive is powerless in relation to the impact felt here in the Six Counties, indeed the Executive has already stated it's commitement to taking a number of initiatives in this regard. Today's protest only act to remind us of the urgency of this.

Some actions can and should be taken in the time ahead, Sinn Féin has called for the Executive to have greater fiscal powers in order to benefit local workers and their families. As well as this the bringing forward of Capital Projects in the same way as the Scottish Assembly brought forward £230 million of capital projects into 2009/2010 would go a long way to help offset job losses in the construction and other industries and create a stimulus for the economy as a whole.

Sinn Féin also recently launched it's 'Getting Ireland back to work' document.

We must continue to work tirelessly on behalf of those workers who are the backbone of our economy throughout Ireland.” CRÍOCH

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