Taking industrial action

Conference discusses the benefits of coordinated action – and the lack of rights in the ROI

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Composite 2 on co-ordination of industrial action was moved Northern Ireland Hospitality Branch delegate Chris Stewart (pictured above) on the effectiveness of how taking action at the same time can make a massive difference.

He said, “With the upsurge in industrial action following attacks on wages, there is an immense power working class people have.” The motion was seconded by Catherine Mallon (pictured below).

Taj Salam, a bus delegate from North East, Yorkshire and Humber (pictured below) said speaking from his own experience coordinated action really does work and he urged delegates to vote unanimously for the composite, which they did.

Later followed motion 22, which discussed the problems for ROI workers taking industrial action. Mover Colette Godkin (pictured below) explained there was no automatic right to collective bargaining in the Republic and paid tribute to the brave Unite members out on strike.

Joining her were fellow Ireland members Jeremy Saunders and Elaine Quaill. Elaine said, “Ireland has to have the right to protest.”

The motion was remitted back to the region.

By Amanda Campbell

Pics by Mark Thomas