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Union leaders aren't fighting hard enough

NIPSA'S Bumper Graham says the Assembly should put pressure on the Government for more block grant money to fund public services.

This depicts the myth that these neo-liberals in Stormont can fight for public sector resources, while the Assembly systematically dismantles all departments. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will lobby the Government in the interests of the corporations for lower taxes, yet no mention of money to lesson the impact of the millions to be cut from public services and benefits.

Likewise trade union leaders also refrain from fighting against austerity. These leaders have already conceded to the Government's offer of 1% - a sell-out similar to that over pensions. These leaders continue to back a defunct Labour Party and are themselves holding back from organising rank-and-file trade unionists from going on the offensive.

HARRY HUTCHINSON

Mid-Ulster Trade Union Council/Unite

(personal capacity)

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