“The working-class is the majority community. Workers unity is the antidote to sectarian division and austerity. United working class struggle is the key to social justice and equality.”
Derry and Strabane People Before Profit Cllr Shaun Harkin said,
“We encourage the broadest possible participation in the Workers Rights and Social Justice Week of Action.
People Before Profit brought this proposal to the Council when we were first elected because we believe the contribution of all workers must be fully acknowledged and valued. This applies to celebrating generations of shirt factory workers to meeting the demands of our health heroes and all frontline workers today.
The pandemic has highlighted the role of all essential workers but it has also underscored the erosion of decent pay and conditions.
Government parties and big corporations are driving a race-to-the-bottom of privatisation and poverty pay right across the island.
Pay rates are devolved but Stormont government parties have never lifted a finger to improve them. Thatcher-era anti-trade union legislation has been kept on Stormont’s books by all the establishment parties. Tory welfare reforms brought in and maintained by the Stormont government have had a devastating impact on the low-paid and vulnerable.
The working-class is the majority community. Workers unity is the antidote to sectarian division and austerity. United working-class struggle is the key to social justice and equality.
We encourage people from all backgrounds to get involved in the week of action and the May Day celebration.”