Monday, 17 January 2011

Communities unite through SIPTU

Community activists from across the north are joining SIPTU to work together in ever increasing numbers to protect front line community services in their local areas.

That was the clear message on Tuesday 11th January as community leaders from across the north met at SIPTU's Belfast offices to assess the potential impact of cuts to frontline services in communities and to develop an effective campaign to protect these 'invaluable services' and the projects and centres which deliver them.
(SIPTU Community meeting in Belfast) 

SIPTU Lead Organiser Martin O'Rourke said,

"It was wonderful to see a strong cross community presence at our organising committee with a united view that the real enemy was the proposed cuts. Communities are uniting through SIPTU, with the union bringing people together to organise for the safeguarding of frontline community services. We are deeply committed to working with all communities in the north to protect the invaluable services they receive from their local projects."

"There is a real fear at the moment that the proposed Tory Cuts to the Assembly budget will have an impact on local projects, and due to the rising unemployment these services are needed now more than ever. We are lobbying all the main political parties both locally and at a European level, to protect the vital community services and to that end we will be meeting with all 26 District Councils, beginning with Omagh, Derry, Strabane and Fermanagh and have organised Community public meetings in Tyrone, Derry and Belfast for the month of February.”

"SIPTU feel privileged to be working with such committed and dedicated activists whose vocation to their community is making a difference to thousands of people's lives each and every day. The selfless and collective ethos at the heart of the community projects is a key tenet of a fairer and better society, and we must play our part in protecting these frontline services and the very spirit that sustains them."

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