Solidarity, support and donuts

Lily Kerr extending solidarity and sharing donuts with staff on the picket line in North Belfast

Lily Kerr headed up a group of local Workers Party members as they joined with staff on the UNITE the Union picket line at Alexandra Park Recycling facility in North Belfast earlier this morning.

Workers from local councils, the Education Authority, the Housing Executive and number of colleges have been forced to take industrial action following the refusal by management to move on a pay offer of just 1.75% – effectively a cut in income after eleven years of pay freezes.

“It is intolerable,” Lily said” that these workers, who helped keep our society functioning during the pandemic and who now face rapidly escalating rises in the cost of living, should be treated in such a callous and uncaring manner”.

“The Workers Party is adding its voice to the growing demands for management to propose a realistic pay settlement in line with staff expectations and one which will recognise the massive hike in living costs and the invaluable contribution these workers make to our everyday lives”, Lily said.  

Support & Solidarity with Hostel Residents and Staff

Workers Party members have this evening joined with staff at the only, women-only, homeless hostel, Regina Coeli, in west Belfast in support and solidarity with them and the hostels residents.

Members of the UNITE union are now in the second week of a ‘work-in’ as they take a stand against the hostel’s proposed closure.

Party members presented a letter of support and solidarity to the residents and staff which expressed the widespread outrage that a hostel for homeless women, that has been serving the community for almost 90 years, is now on the verge of collapse.

The letter also said that it was an affront to people from Belfast and beyond that MLAs representing the parties of government would turn up to protest the imminent closure but have done nothing to ensure its future.

The immediate goal must be to keep the hostel open and in support of that our members have signed and circulated the UNITE the Union petition. (see link below)

The Workers Party has also contacted the Minister for Communities demanding immediate intervention and long-term financial support.

Sign the Petition