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22/09/2021

Derry Trades Union Council urges all elected representatives to support workers at today's meeting

Chairman of Derry Trades Union Council, Niall McCarroll
Reinforcing and strengthening the power and influence of workers needs to be a central component for all working class communities, says Niall McCarroll Chairperson of Derry Trades Union Council.
"Energising and building a strong fighting trade union movement through community solidarity is the only way a real challenge can be launched and sustained against the in place elitist political establishment," he added.
Therefore, DTUC has called on all DCSDC elected representatives to support the 2 motions being tabled at today's full council meeting, motions which are community driven and worker focused.
"DTUC fully support the motion coming before council today calling for mass support for our colleagues in NIPSA who are taking an honourable and courageous position by going out on strike on 26th July. Strike action taken as a result of diminishing terms and conditions of employment and an unfair pay award, designed and offered up by well paid establishment cronies, who if they had any decency should refuse to engage in any process which damages workers and their communities, but instead  openly support the majority of workers."
He continued: "DTUC welcome and are encouraged that the recent workers overtime holiday pay entitlement ruling is also being raised at DCSDC today and again call on all elected representatives to support the motion and join the call for any outstanding money to be paid to every worker involved and also to resist any attempts to put in place caps on this payment. To go further, DTUC would ask council to write to all employers within the City and District requesting each employers position on this matter through a formal response to council, DTUC offer full support with this task, if required.
"When workers return home after work they should be returning able to change not just their lives but the lives of others within their home and wider community, but the continued disillusionment of poverty pay and
a growing divide changes nothing for workers and their communities, DCSDC have an opportunity tomorrow to show workers they are on their side."

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