Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Play your part in opposing Tory spending cuts

Siptu joined with thousands of other trade union members, workers and those currently struggling to get a job on October 23 at Belfast City Hall when the public made a clear stand against Tory Government-imposed cuts.

The reckless slash-and-burn cuts by the Tory Government will not - as they claim - pave the way to recovery. Rather they will lead the way to mass emigration and increase the hardship faced by working families and the most marginalised and disadvantaged in society, while their banker mates are propped up by criminally extortionate salaries, bonuses and enhanced pensions enabled by the saviour of honest taxpayers.

An economic mess, not of our making, but by the champagne-supping 'economists' - yet we are being asked to pay for it.

What we need is investment and a commitment to protecting and creating jobs. Only through that can we build stability and work our way back to prosperity.

We need a knowledge economy, yet are not providing incentives to our brightest, most talented young people to stay and work here.

October 23 made clear there are thousands of people who are not willing to accept these cuts.

Play your part in facing down and defeating spending cuts, join a trade union, attend future trade union rallies and lobby your political representatives to make a clear stand.

There is an alternative to cuts: we can build a better and fairer future through investment.

ANNE THOMPSON

SIPTU, Belfast

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