Unite expresses solidarity with ASTI members ahead of Thursday’s strike action
Unions must unite to demand accelerated unwinding of FEMPI
October 25th: Unite today warned that the trade union movement as a whole would pay the price if attempts to divide public sector workers ahead of Thursday’s scheduled ASTI strike are successful. Expressing solidarity with teachers taking industrial action to restore equality of treatment between newly-qualified teachers and those with longer service, Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said:
“The trade union movement is built on solidarity between individual members, and between unions. That is what makes us strong, and that is why successive Governments have sought to drive a wedge between, in particular, different groups of public sector workers.
“The ASTI dispute highlights the inequality at the heart of the FEMPI legislation and the associated agreements. Not only are new entrants in various parts of the public sector discriminated against – members of non-compliant unions are also discriminated against.
“Rather than facilitating Government attempts to divide public sector workers, unions must unite in demanding an accelerated unwinding of FEMPI. At the same time, all unions must be free to negotiate collectively on behalf of their members.
”Our movement as a whole will pay the price for division”, Jimmy Kelly warned.