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Kearney welcomes European Trade Union Confederation motion on North

5 October, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has welcomed the European Trade Union Confederation decision to pass an emergency motion at its Congress in Paris registering deep concern about the deepening political crisis in the North. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"The ETUC represents over 60 million workers and Trade Union Congresses across Europe. During its Congress in Paris a motion from ICTU received huge support expressing grave concern about the political crisis.

"It called for political stability supported by an economic and financial stimulus package in the north.

"This initiative by ICTU and the ETUC is to be warmly welcomed. Such positive interventions by the international community are urgently required in response to the deteriorating political situation. I expect the international labour movement will now build on this effort and maximise the positive influence it can exert in Ireland, Britain, Europe and the USA."

Mr Kearney also revealed that the ETUC emergency motion was passed as he completed a series of detailed briefings with European political parties on the crisis. 

"Last week a range of parties from Greece, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and the Basque Country were provided with a comprehensive briefing on the political situation. 

"Their party representatives are now committed to working with others to intensify diplomatic efforts within the European Parliament and in their own national parliaments to focus attention upon the North at this time. 

"They reaffirmed their support for the Good Friday Agreement and expressed deep concern for the future of the political process. They also confirmed their willingness to pursue progressive interventions to help achieve a comprehensive political and economic resolution to the current challenges."

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