Trade Unions Media Event at Stormont Re Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 20th anniversary 10th April 2018, 12:30

10 Apr 2018

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The NIC-ICTU and its affiliated trade unions are hosting a press event /photo-op at Stormont at 12.30pm on Tuesday 10th April 2018 to recognise the 20th anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking ahead of the event, ICTU Assistant General Secretary Owen Reidy said;

“The unions remain completely supportive of the spirit and letter of the Agreement signed 20 years ago and are united in calling for its structures to be revived and renewed. There are devolved matters which cannot survive further neglect and require leadership from the politicians we elected.

“We believe that locally accountable politicians can develop and implement policies on health, education and the economy better than any part-time Tory minister, not matter how well-intentioned. The economy is suffering from this stalemate. The private sector is becoming rigid with the uncertainty over Brexit, and cannot properly invest in people or research or innovation or exports.

“That is one of the rationales behind our campaign for decent work, fair pay and real investment, Better Work Better Lives

“One of the messages we will be delivering today to our political class comes from our experience as negotiators. No matter how painful, it is not a bad thing to compromise sometimes, and to earn the trust of your adversaries, for the long-term betterment of everybody concerned.

“This event is also an important reminder that the peace agreement was not the sole achievement of politicians, and its success thus far has often been in spite of actions and statements  from our political class. The peace we have is the responsibility of everyone and its benefits ought to be the common property of all of the people of Northern Ireland. The trade union movement played its part in peace building and the implementation of its features. We will continue to play a positive role and build a peaceful, just and prosperous home for every person in NI.”