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Northern Ireland strike hits back at deal

Issue No. 2445

Tens of thousands of public sector workers across Northern Ireland took part in the biggest one-day strike there in years on Friday of last week.  

Members of the Unison, Unite, Nipsa, INTO and GMB unions were protesting against a Stormont House deal which would mean harsh welfare cuts and the loss of 20,000 jobs.

Civil service workers joined with health and education workers. 

Teachers joined the strike alongside canteen and other support staff, and no buses or trains ran on the day.

Workers gathered for rallies in towns across Northern Ireland and passing shoppers applauded as thousands marched in Belfast’s city centre.

NHS paramedics were angry when the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service declared a “major incident” just before they were due to strike. 

This makes it compulsory to go to work. 

Patricia McKeown from the Unison union said the move was “strike-breaking and intimidation”.

The unions vow to call more strikes before May’s general election if the deal is not withdrawn.


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Tue 17 Mar 2015, 17:35 GMT
Issue No. 2445
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