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Time we united to fight austerity

The Socialist Party and Anti-Austerity Alliance members of parliament in the south send our solidarity to public sector workers in Northern Ireland taking strike action today and all those who stand with them in protest against Stormont's vicious cuts agenda, which threatens to destroy 20,000 jobs and slash public services.

We reject the excuses of the DUP and Sinn Fein, who claim they have no choice but to implement brutal austerity. This is the same Pontius Pilate approach used by government politicians in the south to justify attacks which have devastated working-class communities.

For a long time, we were told that workers in the south wouldn't fight back. Now, we are witnessing a revolt against water charges and the wider austerity agenda. In this struggle, people know that one day of protest is not enough - we need to build a mass movement.

In the south, in Britain and across Europe, people are fed up with austerity. This powerful strike action demonstrates the people in the north have had enough, too. We need to build new mass parties that can represent working-class people, to fight to make the super-rich elite pay for their crisis.

Such a force in Northern Ireland could unite working-class people around their common interests, against austerity and sectarian division.

PAUL MURPHY TD, RUTH COPPINGER TD and JOE HIGGINS TD

Dublin

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