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Sinn Féin Support Trade Union's action on Public Sector Pensions

Published: 30 November, 2011

Sinn Féin came out in support of the Trade Union's Day of action (Wednesday 30th November). Elected representatives and activists were out on the picket lines and attended the main local rally at Omagh Courthouse.

Councillor Glenn Campbell said,

"As a public sector worker and UCU member, I was out on strike myself today and was very proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with local working people in protest against Tory imposed cuts. Sinn Féin supports the Trade Union action on Public Sector Pensions. We are doing so because we do not believe that low paid workers should pay more in pension contributions.

That is why we have proposed a scheme which would have seen those workers earning less than £32,000 per year exempted. So far the Unions have continued negotiating this issue centrally with the British government and do not want the Executive to deal directly with the pensions issue.

What the Executive are faced with is a demand from the British Government for an additional £300m for public sector pensions. We are opposed to this but we are also opposed to this being taken from frontline services like health and education.

We are also conscious of the many people with no jobs and no pension provision who are being directly impacted by the Tory cuts were not part of the strike action by the Unions.

What we would like to see is a united voice from Trade Unions and Executive parties making a demand of the British Government for:

- Greater fiscal powers to allow the Executive to deal with issues like this

- A change in the cuts policy being imposed by the British government

- An honouring of the commitments made with regard to the capital budget

And at the Executive we want to see the Budget review group bringing forward the proposals for additional revenue and examining other ways we can offset the £4bn cut."