Belfast Telegraph

Economy to dominate debate at major gathering of trade unions

By Donna Deeney

A major trade union conference with representatives from 34 different unions and 10 trades councils begins in Londonderry tomorrow.

The Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is hosting its Biennial Delegate Conference in the city, which will be attended by 250 delegates representing 215,000 trade union members.

The conference will debate 42 motions covering a comprehensive agenda of issues, with the economy set to dominate proceedings.

Les Allamby of the Law Centre NI will speak to the conference about the changes in the Welfare system and their impact.

The BDC will also be addressed by OFMDFM Junior Minister Martina Anderson MLA and will be chaired by Avril Hall-Callaghan.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Ms Hall-Callaghan said: “Representatives of workers in every sector of the Northern Ireland economy will come together to reaffirm our commitment to a Better Fairer Way for all.

“Issues such as attacks on the welfare system as well as cuts to public services will impact on the lives of all working people and their families.

“The trade union movement is unified in its determination to defend people, jobs and services. Trade unionists are developing their campaign to protect and create jobs and maintain quality public services which are essential for Northern Ireland.”

The Mayor of Derry, Alderman Maurice Devenney will open the conference.

Among the topics for debate listed for tomorrow are austerity measures, the Programme for Government and welfare reform.

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