Monday, 24 January 2011

SIPTU welcome PUP Leader's positive statement on Community Sector

Ireland's largest Trade Union, SIPTU have welcomed the recent comments by the PUP leader Brian Ervine on the 'vital' work carried out by the Community sector.

Brian Ervine commended East Belfast Community groups who delivered essential services to vulnerable residents during the recent cold snap, and spoke of the importance of such projects, particularly now in a time of economic crisis,

“The Sector is more important than ever given the current economic climate when social inequalities are increasing, and those living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods are likely to become more marginalized as unemployment levels rise and benefits are cut.”

(PUP leader Brian Ervine)
Welcoming and endorsing the PUP leader's comments, SIPTU Organiser Martin O'Rourke said,

"SIPTU absolutely agree with Brian's assertion that the community sector is vital now more than ever, because of rising unemployment and cuts to benefits will create huge pressure on many within working class areas who are already struggling to cope and survive. People rely on these vital services and projects, they cannot be allowed to be cut, and we in SIPTU will be to the fore in uniting and organising communities against any proposed cuts."

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