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Trade Union Movement has key role in effecting change – Kearney

10 February, 2017 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and Assembly candidate for South Antrim, Declan Kearney, has urged the Trade Union movement in the north to realise its potential as an agency of change in society.

Mr Kearney was speaking at a hustings event organised by the trade union Unison in Belfast today.

He said:

“The election to be held on March 2nd will be a watershed election for society in the north.

“Sinn Féin took decisive action in standing against political corruption and arrogance. Our decision will ensure that the electorate will have its say on these issues and the future of society.

“Sinn Féin will not return to a situation where these issues remain unresolved.

“As the largest civic organisation on the island, the trade union movement should seize this opportunity to ensure that the necessary step change in politics is enacted.

“There is agreement among progressives across a wide range of issues ranging from the rights of workers and marriage equality to tackling poverty and protection of public services, and ensuring equality and power sharing are delivered.

“Brexit poses the most serious threat to workers and human rights. It will undermine the Good Friday Agreement. 

“I appeal to the trade unions and their membership in particular, to look beyond the rhetoric and to stand against corruption and the DUP, and support parties committed to equality and respect for all, for powersharing and the Good Friday Agreement.”

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