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Need to get feet on the street for May Day – Cullinane

30 April, 2013 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, David Cullinane, has called on ordinary people to mobilise, and to show their anger with the Government at tomorrow’s (May 1st) Workers Memorial Day Marches. 

Speaking today from Leinster House, Senator Cullinane has stated that now is the time to force the Government to change course.

Senator Cullinane said:

“Tomorrow’s May Day marches come at a time when public resistance to the Government austerity agenda is mounting. The Government’s support in the polls is falling dramatically, because ordinary people are rejecting the constant stream of new taxes on low to middle income earners, rejecting cuts to services, and rejecting cuts to their pay.

“Public sector unions recently took a stand against the Government’s austerity agenda by refusing to accept the Government’s attempts to cut the pay of ordinary public sector workers, particularly when the Government is failing to tackle the excessive wages and pensions of the top brass.

“People up and down the country are campaigning, and putting enormous pressure on Government representatives to repeal the unfair and iniquitous Family Home tax, and to increase taxes on high earners.

“Young people are also getting organised, and I am heartened by a successful rally which was held in Dublin last night by young people in opposition to emigration.

“It is essential, therefore, that we use opportunities such as tomorrow to keep the pressure on.

“We must keep the pressure on the leadership of the union movement, not to concede to the Government’s efforts to cut wages.

“We must also keep the pressure on the Government, and in particular the Labour party.

“We need to illustrate the support that is out there for a better, fairer way, and the best illustration of that is to get feet on the street. There are marches happening in many large towns throughout Ireland, and I would encourage everyone – whether workers, students, the unemployed, or pensions – to get on to the street, and to show this Government, that we have had enough.” ENDS

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