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Kearney welcomes NIC-ICTU continued support for political institutions

2 December, 2015

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has welcomed the statement from the northern committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions pledging continued support for the political institutions. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"The trade union movement has played a consistent and key role in supporting the peace process and the political institutions. The NIC-ICTU public statement emphasising the importance of stable political institutions brought about by the Stormont House Agreement Implementation Plan is an important and constructive intervention. 

"In its statement welcoming the return of stability to the political institutions, NIC-ICTU has emphasised its continued opposition to the Tory government's austerity policy of slashing the Executive's budget and its policy of cutting public services. 

"NIC-ICTU's leadership against the austerity agenda of the Tory government and its policies of targeting the poorest and most vulnerable in society is essential to building widespread and cross community 

"Sinn Féin agrees with the unions that the British government, through its austerity policies, is to blame for the political crisis which faced the institutions. 

"We also share their concerns over the failure of the Irish government to live up to its responsibilities made in previous agreements.

"We face massive economic and social challenges in the north.  The trade union movement has brought forward strategic proposals, which can contribute to restructuring and growing the regional economy, tackling patterns of inequality and ensuring there is a fair recovery for all citizens. Sinn Féin will continue to engage with NIC-ICTU on these ideas.

"The local trades unions along with other stakeholders in civic society have an important role to play in helping to develop future economic planning and policy for the North. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to work with the leadership of the trade union movement to build a broad-based united opposition to austerity north and south, while setting out a vision for economic growth and a fair recovery."

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