Conference Panel: Dr Una Lynch, Les Allamby. Kerry Fleck and John Lowry
Northern Ireland Deserves Better
This year’s Northern Ireland Conference, to be held on Saturday 20th October in the Grosvenor Hall, Glengall Street Belfast, has attracted an impressive list of guest speakers.
Amongst those addressing the conference theme of ‘Northern Ireland Deserves Better’ will be Dr Una Lynch speaking on Public Health issues, Les Allamby of the NI Law Centre on Welfare Reform and Kerry Fleck from the Youth Committee of the NI Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions addressing youth unemployment and job creation.
Party General Secretary John Lowry will be the fourth panel speaker during the afternoon session. He will be examining local political structures and the way in which Northern Ireland is governed.
The morning sessions will also include discussion and debate on Housing, Education and the Quality of Life in Northern Ireland.
For a briefing on the conference theme follow the link:
Northern Ireland Deserves Better
Conference runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm. All welcome.
Pro Woman – Pro Choice
The Party has re-affirmed its suport for the right of women to control their own bodies, including their fertility, and to pursue all reproductive choices.
This is fundamental to any reasonable concept of gender equality in order to achieve full political, social, and economic equality with men. We reject the paternalistic attitude that regards women as second class citizens incapable of making their own decisions.
The Party supports a full programme of secular sex education for schools, free access to contraception, proper health and social care for pregnant women, the provision of appropriate free and quality child care facilities and adequate support for single and low income parents.
The Party believes in a woman’s right to choose and supports the provision of free and safe abortion in her own country which will include practical facilities to support women seeking an abortion and quality post-abortion care.
To that end the Party believes that legislation should be introduced with immediate effect to enable women to avail of free and full access to abortion and that in the case of Northern Ireland the Abortion Act 1967 should be extended forthwith.
The Workers’ Party opposes the vile attempts to stigmatise and demonise women who have had abortions and who support the right to choose and further condemns those who engage in anti-choice harassment and abuse.
Freshers Week at University of Ulster
Student members of the Party have been welcoming new students to the University of Ulster this week by introducing them to the Workers Party during Freshers Week.
Party members at the Jordanstown Campus were joined by Party General Secretary John Lowry as they hosted an information stand and answered questions about the Party and its policies.
Amongst the information being distributed were leaflets on Education, Health, the Economy, Anti-Sectarianisn and the Environment as well as literature providing an overview of the Party and its position on key issues in Northern Ireland.
For details about joining the Workers Party, or to request information, just email workerspartyni@yahoo,co.uk
760 jobs to go
Events at FG Wilson are tragic for the workers involved, for their families and for the areas where they live.
But these events also highlight the insanity of what passes for a jobs policy in Northern Ireland.
As things currently stand 760 jobs will be lost and worse may yet come with a FG Wilson insider saying that that “people on the ground believe that over 1,300 employees will have lost their jobs by the end of 2013”
Read the Party statement here Time for a planned economy
Workers’ Party representative John Lavery has condemned the sectarian violence which has plagued the north of the city over the last number of days.
“There can be no ‘ifs’ and no ‘buts’, Mr Lavery said “This violence is completely unacceptable. It has caused serious injury, destruction in local communities and will incur a massive clean-up and policing bill which will have to be met by already hard pressed tax payers. It will also further drain money from under pressure public services”.
“We must all be absolutely unequivocal in our condemnation, something Nelson McCausland and others need to understand and practice”, Mr Lavery said
“The Workers’ Party has repeatedly argued that the sectarian basis of the Stormont Assembly can never be the platform for building a non-sectarian society in Northern Ireland.
“Both Sinn Fein and the DUP benefit by fostering and maintaining community division. This is their joint electoral strategy
“The only way we can make progress in Northern Ireland is to recognise and confront the malignant nature of sectarianism in our society. One way of doing that is to adopt and implement an aggressive anti-sectarian strategy. Another way is to stop voting for political parties which maintain division and exploit difference”, concluded Mr Lavery.