Unions support the youth workers protest at the Rosario Youth Centre today

7 Apr 2017

The Northern Ireland Committee of ICTU have met and agreed to support the youth workers protest at the Rosario Youth Centre on Friday.

Speaking on behalf of NIC-ICTU, Steven Harvey of ICTU Youth said:

“ICTU Youth and the NI committee of ICTU support the youth workers protest at the Rosario Youth Centre on Friday because this matter is larger than one youth Centre or members of one union. For example, the threat by the Education Authority close of 4 statutory education centres in Ardnabannon, Bushmills, Delamont and Killowen is still a live issue and a threat remians over the future of Killyleagh.

“The suspension of the Assembly and Executive means that there is no Stormont budget from this week. No budget means that many services which are funded on a contract basis are unable to continue. They are literally paralysed by uncertainty. The civil service alone cannot deal with this and it is the responsibility of elected politicians to use their mandate and govern for the people. In the absence of Stormont, this means that the Education Authority and the Department of Education must act to continue this service for the young people of south Belfast.”