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Political institutions should work together to oppose austerity - Kearney

10 December, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said the Executive in the north should work with counterparts in Scotland and Wales to provide political leadership to oppose Tory austerity. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"The Scottish Trades Union Congress is hosting a high-profile demonstration of anti-austerity unity and support for workers’ rights at a public rally in Glasgow, involving Nicola Sturgeon, Jeremy Corbyn and Yanis Varoufakis.

"The example set by the STUC in hosting a public rally in Glasgow could be replicated with a similar initiative in Belfast.

"The regional executives of Scotland, Wales and north of Ireland should now provide joint political leadership on the importance of maximum solidarity and coordinated opposition to Tory austerity by the Trades Union Congresses, churches, and regional business, employers and voluntary organisations.

"A fair recovery agenda should be common ground for civic society and progressive parties across Britain and Ireland. 

"A positive axis against austerity, spearheaded by the regional executives of Scotland, Wales and the north, supported by the British Labour Party, the TUCs in Britain, ICTU, Right2Change, and other civic stakeholders would be a game changer. 

"This would represent a powerful challenge to the negative status quo which is ascendant in Britain and Ireland. It could be the catalyst for a new progressive roadmap."

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