Tuesday 23 May 2017

Trade unions to rally 600,000 for Budget protests

Anne-Marie Walsh

TRADE unions will rally their more than 600,000 members for a demonstration before the Budget in protest at the government's "stupid" economic policy.

In the wake of violent scenes at a student rally over cutbacks this week, the unions' umbrella body announced it will hold another protest in Dublin later this month.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions General Secretary David Begg has written to affiliate unions asking them to take part in the demo on November 27.

"People who want to make their voices heard should come out in force," he said.

"We cannot afford to wait, because it will be too late to protest on December 8."

Mr Begg said the scale of the cuts proposed for Budget 2011 were devastating and clear evidence that the government plan is not working.

"We have had three austerity budgets to date and we are now in a worse position than when the process started," he said.

"The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome," Mr Begg said.

Irish Independent

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