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Trades Council reformed to 'give voice to union members'

Claire Tennyson

Reporter:

Claire Tennyson

THE TRADES Council has recently reformed in a bid to give a voice to local trade union members.

Speaking after the monthly meeting Communications Workers Union and Chairman, Lawrence Huston, said, "Ballymena needs jobs not empty words".

He also spoke of the great sadness of members as they watched the Michelin factory being stripped of the machinery that once provided so many local people with employment.

The aim of the group is to discuss the challenges posed by a declining industrial economy, lack of opportunities for young unemployed people and the serious concerns that are being raised over Brexit.

Lucy O’Hagan, a local NIPSA representative, and secretary to the group expressed the views of the group saying that there was a real feeling of despondency among local people as they tried to deal with the increasing pressure of the rising cost of goods and services while pay remained static.

The group are encouraging local people to support the ICTU campaign “Better Work Better Lives”.

Lexie Scott, Ulster Teachers’ Union representative on the Council, urged people to go to the campaign website www.betterworkbetterlives.

org/pledge-support and show their support.

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