‘The Class Politics of Poverty’: Workers Party’s Northern Ireland Conference

Criticism of the Stormont Executive, and its repeated failure to deliver for working class people, was a recurring theme at the Workers Party’s annual Northern ireland conference held at the weekend.

Conference discussed the worst cost of living crisis in decades, the impact it is having on working class people and their families and how that has been made worse by a dysfunctional Stormont Executive. which has failed, failed and is set to fail again.

“With families, the vulnerable and the elderly particularly affected, the main political parties have, yet again, put their own sectional and sectarian interests ahead of the community”.

Conference Quote

Confernece presentations included papers on Poverty Facts and Figures, Women and Poverty, Mental Helath and Poverty, Child Poverty the Class Nature of Poverty, Food Banks and Poverty and The Failures of the Stormont Executive .

The conference was also addressed by guest speaker Pastor Tony Meehan of the West Belfast Food Bank and by the Workers Party President Cllr Ted Ted Tynan.

Members also discussed the recent sackings of P&O ferry workers by parent company Dubai Port World and extened solidarity to Unite the Union workers currently engaged in industrial action in pursuit of a just pay settlemernt and to staff at Ulster and Queens Universities in dispute over pensions and terms and conditions.

The conference in pictures and quotes:

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