Tag: cuts

Overwhelming Victory for Save Our Day Centres Campaign!

By Pat Lawlor – Organiser, NIPSA Belfast Health Branch (personal capacity) On 21 st June, over 200 service users, carers and supporters crammed into a hall at Knockbracken Healthcare Park. After nine months of campaigning, the recommendations on the future of mental health and learning disability day centres were to be revealed by […]

Equal Rights for All Teachers!

by Mary Cahillane, INTO Executive (personal capacity) In December, Stormont Education Minister John O’Dowd announced the creation of a new scheme called Investing in the Teaching Workforce. The scheme allows for five hundred 55+-year-old teachers to retire on full pension and be replaced by new young teachers. A good news story, anyone […]

Left Challenge for Largest Union's Leadership

NIPSA – the largest trade union in the North – is electing a new General Secretary.  The current General Secretary, Brian Campfield, is retiring in January 2016.  This election comes at a vitally important time for the union, the wider trade union movement and the working class in Northern Ireland. The […]

Waterfront & Ulster Hall Workers Fight Privatisation

As of 3rd August, workers at both the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall have commenced industrial action to keep both venues within Belfast City Council. The action is supported by the three trade unions – NIPSA, Unite and SIPTU – who represent the overwhelming majority of workers at the two venues. Facilities […]

Students’ union President calls for “major demonstration” against cuts

Students’ union President calls for “major demonstration” against cuts

Courtney Robinson – newly elected President of Belfast Met Students’ Union – has issued a call for the students’ movement in Northern Ireland to organise a major demonstration on November 19th. This comes in the wake of the announcement of 15% cuts in government funding across further and higher education […]

Don’t fall for politicians sectarian games: UNITE AGAINST ALL THEIR CUTS

Don’t fall for politicians sectarian games: UNITE AGAINST ALL THEIR CUTS

The sectarian fiasco between the politicians in Stormont could not be further from the aspirations of working class people across Northern Ireland. As the Assembly Executive grinds to a halt in yet another political crisis, the onslaught of austerity for ordinary people continues. The health service crisis spreads as waiting […]

Fight cuts to libraries

The Stormont Executive has announced further cuts to public libraries. A budget cut of 2.1% has been ordered from March 2015 and possibly an additional cut of 2.3% (or 4.4% cut in total) also by March 2015. It hasn’t yet been decided how these cuts should be implemented. Certainly job […]

A&E crisis won’t be solved by DUP reshuffle or Sinn Fein hypocrisy

A&E crisis won’t be solved by DUP reshuffle or Sinn Fein hypocrisy

Yet again the Royal Victoria A&E has been brought close to breaking point as long queues of patients desperate to receive treatment wait up to 23 hours. The risk to peoples health and the strain on staff put in an impossible situation is a predictable and completely avoidable crisis. A […]