Peter Hadden, Socialist Party, speaking at solidarity meeting in support of Linamar Unite convenor Rob Williams in Belfast 26th May 2009
At a record breaking live stream with over 7,000 members, the Communication Workers’ Union leadership announced that talks with the management of BT Group (BT, EE and Openreach) had broken down, and that they now intend to initiate a national ballot for industrial action.
Working people are facing a future of cuts and falling living standards. The new Assembly and Executive have taken over from where the last left off. As we go to press, the exact cuts the main parties are planning remain shrouded in secrecy but it is clear that savage attacks are just around the corner.
This is happening against the background of the fact that the Northern Ireland economy remains in recession. The private sector here has now been shrinking for 41 months in a row. New car sales fell 19% year on year in April. The housing market remains in the doldrums - few houses are being sold and prices have fallen by over 40% from their peak in 2007.