‘Make your vote count’ urges local trade union

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Local trade union Unite In The Community have called on the public to unite against austerity. unite5With the Westminster election just around the corner, Unite call on the people of Newry and Armagh to think carefully and consider every option before they cast their vote. Speaking on the issue Unite community chairman Christopher Morley said, “With every passing week our public services are being diluted. “Twenty thousand public service jobs will go within the next five years- austerity is biting hard; manufacturing is haemorrhaging jobs at a rate that has never been seen before, big businesses are packing up and moving east in search of cheaper labour costs. “Over the last number of years we have seen our public assets being sold off, this is tantamount to ‘creeping privatisation’. Be sure that your vote is not a vote for austerity!” Area co-ordinator Martin McKeown echoed these sentiments. “Unite in the community have drawn up a list of questions to ask each of the political parties. Let your voice be heard and make your vote count. “Does your party oppose the 20,000 job losses in public services? How is your party going to oppose this and will they make the saving of public service jobs a condition of supporting any new Westminster Government? “Does your party oppose the Welfare Reform Bill? Will your party support a petition of concern in the Assembly to block the Bill? Will your party oppose the implementation of the bedroom tax in the North, now, next year or any time in the future? “Will your party oppose the sale of public assets for short term spending? “Will your party guarantee the retention of the remaining services at Daisy Hill Hospital and in particular acute stroke services and the Accident &Emergency facility? “How will the Assembly pay back the borrowings of the Stormont House agreement and maintain the already depleted public services? He added, “Will your party oppose the water charges in the North, now, next year or any time in the future?”

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2 Comments for “‘Make your vote count’ urges local trade union”

  1. Damian

    Very fair enough questions to ask the would-be candidates.

    • Albert Hewitt

      Albert
      my hat is off to Unite in the Community Newry with the work that they are doing and contuine to do. These questions that was put together by the Newry membership is vital for the community and needs to be addressed by our political parties

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