EMA protesters disrupt proceedings at the Assembly

Protesters from a Unite-backed campaign group Youth Fight for Jobs & Education disrupted proceedings in the Assembly chamber this morning in protest at planned cuts to EMA. As Minister for Employment & Leaning Stephen Farry rose to speak, six young protesters stood up, unfurled posters and began to chant.
They chanted “Stephen Farry, hear us say – don’t you cut our EMA!” and “Hey, Stormont, hear us say – don’t you cut our EMA!”. Their posters read “Stormont: Hands off our EMA! Make the bankers & super-rich pay, NOT young people!” Minister Farry was forced to stop speaking. The protesters were escorted from the chamber, continuing to chant.
Neil Moore – spokesman for Youth Fight for Jobs & Education said: “The Assembly Executive has no mandate for the EMA cuts they are implementing. It did not feature in their election campaigns and the so-called consultation which took place was a sham. Ordinary people weren’t given a real chance to voice their opinions. The politicians are refusing to listen to reason – that’s why we held our protest in the chamber today.
“This cut will see 4,500 young people lose the payment and will lead to more people being forced out of education when youth unemployment is already at 25%. While the politicians happily implement austerity which hits students and working-class people, the Assembly Executive continues to lobby for even more handouts to big business through a cut to corporation tax.
“It’s disgraceful that the current leadership of NUS-USI has signed up to these cuts. We demand that Minister Farry engages in a public debate with us about the impact this cut to EMA will have. If he continues to refuse, we will continue our campaign of protest.”
Youth Fight for Jobs & Education has organised a campaign of protests against the proposed cuts to EMA, including a recent occupation of the Department of Employment & Learning on Adelaide Street
– The group is backed by seven national trade unions, including Unite, PCS, CWU, and UCU, and the INTO and Fire Brigades Union in Northern Ireland.

Previous Article

Nearly 10,000 show determined, angry and positive mood

Next Article

Socialist Party of Nigeria taking shape

Related Posts

Jobs flood out of Fermanagh


The recent announcement that the Lough Erne Luxury Hotel and Golf-course was being put into administration represents the latest blow to the Fermanagh economy. It follows a similar move at the Quinn Group that is likely to herald large-scale redundancies as new owners seek to “restructure” their holdings to maximise profits.

Read More

Irish Sea border threatens political instability

As part of the Brexit process, the Northern Ireland Protocol - which came into force on 1st January - has put a regulatory border down the Irish Sea, as the North remains aligned to the EU single market for goods. The level of disruption to supply chains has been more dramatic than most predicted. This may partially be down to ‘teething problems’. However, regulatory checks are due to become more stringent from 1st April, when the so-called ‘grace period’ ends, including for meat products and other foodstuffs.

Who will gain from a cut in corporation tax?

All the parties in the Assembly favour a cut in tax on profits for companies in Northern Ireland at the expense of funding for public services. The claim that this will lead to major investment and job creation is false. Most multinational companies are opting to set up in super-low wage economies such as India and China. Even in Southern Ireland (where corporation tax stands at 12.5%) jobs in the multinational sector are being shed. So who will really benefit from a cut in corporation tax?