Unite the union delegation demands politicians take the side of workers in coming strike wave

A delegation from Unite the union, including striking workers at the Dunmurry-based manufacturer Survitec, has addressed the first meeting of the newly-elected Belfast City Council [last night, 5th June].

The delegation warned councillors of an impending wave of strikes across Belfast as workers were forced to take strike action to win inflation-proof pay increases. The union has just confirmed that workers at Lisburn-based Creative Composites has voted by 100% on a 100% turnout for strike action on pay as well.

Unite the union General Secretary Sharon Graham congratulated the striking Survitec workers on their initiative. 

“It is vital that workers speak truth to power. The members of Belfast City Council from all parties need to get behind workers as they fight for inflation-proof pay increases. It is not enough to sit on the sidelines and encourage negotiations – we need to see political representatives taking the side of workers. 

“The current cost of living crisis is the worst in generations but the inflation in costs has not been caused by workers fighting for decent wages The real culprits are big businesses who have been profiteering literally as never before. Workers cannot and will not pay the price for this crisis.” 

Regional Officer for Unite, Neil Moore, was part of the delegation which addressed the city council.

“Councillors from some parties visited the picket line at Survitec and invited us to speak at the first meeting of the city council. We took this opportunity to put the issue of inflation-proof pay on the table. We are looking at a wave of strikes by workers seeking protection from the current cost of living crisis.

“Unless there is movement from management, strike action is also now set to commence at Creative Composites at Lisburn.

“We challenged all parties to visit workforce picket lines to show solidarity but much more is needed. Political representatives need to unequivocally the workers’ demand for an inflation-proof pay increase.”