TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR AN END TO SECTARIAN AND RACIST ATTACKS

Top trade unionist Peter Bunting calls for political leadership to end attacks

Top trade unionist Peter Bunting calls for political leadership to end attacks

THE Northern Ireland Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has called for an end to racist and sectarian attacks in Northern Ireland.

Deputy General Secretary Peter Bunting, said: “Congress is appalled that the heightened racist tension has offended many ethnic minority people living in NI resulting in the decision of Anna Lo to withdraw from political life in 2016.

“Congress deplores racist/sectarian attacks in all areas of NI.”

He added: “Believing in the concept of building a united community, Congress demands leadership from all political parties in the creation of such a united community.

“Congress calls on all trade union members to oppose racist and sectarian attacks in their communities and to support by action and words those ethnic minorities living in our midst.”

Today, at the NIPSA conference, in Newcastle, the union’s delegates passed a motion attacking racism/sectarianism.

It asked its members to: “wherever it manifests itself and to determinedly highlight that sectarianism is anathema to the common interests of working people, working class communities and the progressive development in the workplace.”

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