People Before Profit Cllr Shaun Harkin will call on the Derry and Strabane Council to back the July 26th civil servants strike at tomorrow’s full Council meeting.
Cllr Harkin said,
“The struggle for workers’ rights and equality has the potential to bring communities together. This is one of those fights.
People Before Profit are calling on all councillors in the Derry and Strabane Council to give their full support to the civil servant workers strike on July 26th.
Our public sector workers have been hit hard with year on year pay cuts and lay-offs. Workers have been disrespected while their jobs have become more complex and harder. We have civil servants going to foodbanks to feed their families.
I’ve discussed the issues at length with Nipsa officers representing civil servants and we have spoken directly with the workers. We know exactly what their frustrations are – and we fully agree with them. Enough is enough.
The demands being made are very modest. They want fair pay – which amounts to an above inflation pay increase and pay restoration. They want to stop the erosion of their terms and conditions. To do this they want negotiations reopened.
These are basic rights that every worker – public and private sector – should be able to aspire to here.
For these basic demands they’ve been forced to strike as a last resort. We don’t accept that decent raises can’t be afforded because the money isn’t there. The money is there – it’s there for every worker here to be paid living wages.
Now that they’re striking it is our duty to back them. When we’re dealing with aloof bureaucrats and bullying employers – taking collective action is how the working class speaks for its demands. The slogan ‘an injury to one is an injury to all’ has never been as important. Myself and Cllr Eamonn McCann are encouraging everyone across the North to stand in solidarity with the strike and whatever further actions the workers must take to secure their demands. We’ll be on the picket lines on July 26th.”