October 25th: Announcing that Unite Regional Secretary, Len McCluskey would speak at the launch event for Unite’s proposals for an economic alternative, the union’s Ireland Secretary, Jimmy Kelly, said:
“I am very happy to confirm that our Regional Secretary Len McCluskey will be speaking at the launch of Unite’s proposals for an economic alternative for Northern Ireland, ‘Growing the Economy and Living Standards’.
“Unite’s proposals recognise that the Northern Ireland Executive faces unavoidable difficulties arising from the drastic reductions to the block grant enforced by the Conservative government in London. But we believe that there are still options which are not being fully exploited to borrow for investment, to fund a needed economic stimulus and to introduce a new dynamism to business development. Our proposals paper seeks to initiate a discussion about the economic choices that can be made.
“Unite remains implacably committed to opposing austerity policies but we will continue to advocate for realistic alternatives to endless austerity: a course that is resulting in deep structural damage to Northern Ireland’s economy and which will not result in growth.”
“This is only the start of a process of dialogue about economic alternatives that our union will seek to bring forward in the months to come”, Mr Kelly concluded.