Unite urges large turnout at ‘Ireland For All’ solidarity march tomorrow

17 February: Unite, which represents workers throughout the economy, is supporting the “Ireland For All’ solidarity march being organised tomorrow (Saturday 18 February).  Speaking ahead of the event, the union’s Regional Secretary, Jackie Pollock, said that many members were concerned at attempts by a small but vocal number of individuals to sow division in communities over recent months:

“It has been especially worrying to see protests being organised outside buildings accommodating people seeking international protection, adding to the trauma experienced by those who may have fled war or oppression in their countries of origin.

“Many of these protests have been orchestrated by people from outside the relevant areas.  These individuals and groups are exploiting the frustration of local communities at the lack of services, and in particular the ongoing housing crisis, to foster hate and divide working people.  They offer no solutions to the problems confronting communities.

“Unite and the trade union movement are rooted in solidarity – solidarity with each other as workers, and solidarity with those seeking refuge.  We also stand in solidarity with under-resourced communities who are rejecting the politics of division and are instead coming together to build welcoming communities for all”.

Memet Uludag, Chair of Unite’s regional Black and Asian Ethnic Minorities Committee, added:

“The economic and social problems faced by our communities have not been caused by migrants, asylum seekers or refugees, and they won’t be solved by targeting them. The hate and division that some groups are trying to sow in our communities will only divert the justified anger which needs to be directed at those in power who have ignored so many communities for so long”.

Regional Secretary Jackie Pollock concluded:

“Tomorrow we will have an opportunity to express that solidarity by turning out in large number so support the Ireland For All – Diversity not Division solidarity march”.

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