Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Karen Mullan has extended May Day solidarity greetings to Irish workers and the labour movement across the island.
Karen Mullan speaking after attending Saturdays rally and march through the city centre said:
“May Day is a time when workers across the world celebrate the struggle for rights and the sacrifice of those who campaigned and battled to achieve economic equality and social justice.
“May Day is also an occasion which highlights the economic and social challenges facing working people in Ireland and globally.
“Today, more than ever, there is a need for a strong organised labour movement in Ireland.
“Irish workers are facing many continuing and new challenges. The prospect of Brexit threatens to strip away many of the rights that workers have won within the EU. This British Tory government remains intent on attacking the most vulnerable in our society with the support of its alliance with DUP. In the south the Fine Gael administration presides over unprecedented crises in the health service and housing sectors.
“Precarious working and zero hours contracts have become the new reality for workers and their families throughout Ireland, and the inequality divide in our society is deepening.
“The Irish Labour movement has a strong tradition in resisting these attacks and defending workers’ rights. Sinn Féin will continue to give our support to Irish Congress campaigns, and particularly the Better Work, Better Lives Campaign.
“This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement; which now faces its greatest threat since being signed in 1998. The Agreement still has not been fully implemented, most evidenced in the continued opposition to a Bill of Rights, and denial of a rights-based government and society in the north.
“As Ireland’s largest civic society organisation the Labour movement has an essential role to play alongside progressive political parties and sectors of civic society in defending the Good Friday Agreement, as well as maximising support for economic democracy, sustainable public services, citizens’ rights and an Ireland of equals.
“On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend solidarity greetings to all workers in Ireland and abroad this May Day weekend and pledge our party’s ongoing support for a strong Labour movement in Ireland.” CRÍOCH/ENDS