Category Archives: Benefits Reform

Unite community branches protests against Tory Benefit Sanctions

Fresh Start deal allowed Tories to introduce benefit sanctions threatening devastating consequences for most vulnerable Unite in the Community will protest outside benefits offices across Northern Ireland at noon tomorrow [March 30th] March 29th: Albert Hewitt explained why his union’s … Continue reading

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Direct Earnings Attachments threaten to push low-pay workers out of legal employment

Department for Communities places responsibility on Employers for debt collection relating to social security overpayments Impact on low income households likely severe as guidance allows repayments to 40% of net earnings November 10th: Unite Community Coordinator, Albert Hewitt, expressed his … Continue reading

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Unite backs Belfast City Centre Anti-Austerity demonstration

Protest coincides with People’s Assembly protest against Conservative Party conference in Birmingham Austerity part of an agenda seeking to transfer wealth from working-class to the wealthy September 27th: Jackie Pollock, deputy Irish Regional Secretary for Unite offered his union’s backing … Continue reading

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Trussell Trust statistics reflect NI Executive failure to promote Living Wage and protect those dependent on benefits

Numbers receiving on emergency food aid in Northern Ireland hits record high as demand surges by 47% Northern Ireland figures strongly linked to poverty pay and increasing proportions of working poor April 15th: Speaking in response to figures released by … Continue reading

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Outgoing NIC-ICTU chair challenges policy of ‘blood sacrifice’ of 20,000 public sector workers to pay for lowering corporation tax

Warns Stormont that it cannot turn the Trade Union movement on and off when there are difficulties with the Peace Process Trade union movement must apply methods of yesterday, in conditions of today, for a better tomorrow April 12th: Jackie … Continue reading

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