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Workers’ Party calls for immediate introduction of telemedicine abortion in NI 

Gemma Weir Gemma Weir, Workers' Party representative in North Belfast, has called for the immediate facilitation by the NI Minister of Health, for abortion provided via telemedicine.   Responding to First Minister Arlene Foster's claims that Weir said:  "It is entirely legal for a GP to prescribe medication to induce abortion in Northern Ireland today. Even [...]

April 8th, 2020|Comments Off on Workers’ Party calls for immediate introduction of telemedicine abortion in NI 

Domino’s Pizza accused of ignoring safe working practices

A Workers' Party representative in North Belfast has called for Domino's Pizza to introduce immediate safe working practices for staff.  Christopher Bailie, Workers' Party representative for Oldpark DEA, said:  "Workers in Domino's Pizza have approached me with concerns relating to the lack of safe working conditions in their shops during the current crisis.  "They have [...]

April 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Domino’s Pizza accused of ignoring safe working practices

Workers’ Party calls on Randox to release coronavirus testing kit from patent

Gemma Weir The Workers' Party has called for Belfast-based Randox Laboratories, who manufacture a testing kit for COVID-19, to release it from patent in order to enable widespread, fast manufacture of the kit.  Gemma Weir, Workers' Party representative in North Belfast, said:  "Randox Laboratories hold the patent for a 'Coronavirus Biochip' which enables faster and [...]

April 4th, 2020|Comments Off on Workers’ Party calls on Randox to release coronavirus testing kit from patent

Calls for dedicated social distancing inspectors for NI factories

The Workers' Party has called for the introduction of dedicated on-site social distancing inspectors to be deployed by the Northern Ireland Department of Health to all essential factories which must remain open throughout the COVID-19 crisis.  Workers' Party representative in the Upper Bann, Kieran McCausland, said:  "The work being done by workers in factories like [...]

March 29th, 2020|Comments Off on Calls for dedicated social distancing inspectors for NI factories

Covid-19 crisis shows preschool system needs to be rationalised and brought under state control

The Workers' Party has today called for the state to take control of the entire pre-school education system. Workers' Party representative Éilis Ryan stated that: “We obviously welcome the fact that so many poorly paid workers in the for-profit preschool sector will have a guaranteed income during this time of crisis. However, we now have [...]

March 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Covid-19 crisis shows preschool system needs to be rationalised and brought under state control

Rents should be reduced by 75%, says Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party have called on the government to introduce a compulsory rent reduction of up to 75%, to secure tenants and enable greater spending in the economy. The call comes ahead of Dáil debate in relation to tenants’ rights and the Coronavirus epidemic this evening.  Workers’ Party representative Cathie Shiels said:  “In Dublin, average [...]

March 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Rents should be reduced by 75%, says Workers’ Party

Cork councillor calls for extension of fuel allowance beyond April

Workers' Party councillor Ted Tynan has called for an extension of the fuel allowance beyond the end of April, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 virus epidemic.  The Cork city councillor said: "We know now that the Covid-19 coronavirus will be with us for some time to come. While much of the focus has been on [...]

March 26th, 2020|Comments Off on Cork councillor calls for extension of fuel allowance beyond April

Calls for homeless families to be housed in ex-AirBnB properties

David Gardiner, Workers' Party representative in Dublin Mid-West, has called for emptyproperties to be requisitioned for use by families currently living in emergency accommodation amidst, for the duration of COVID-19 pandemic.  Gardiner said:"Due to the confined nature of homeless hubs and B&Bs, coupled with the current necessity of social distancing, families living in emergency accommodation [...]

March 25th, 2020|Comments Off on Calls for homeless families to be housed in ex-AirBnB properties

Calls for protective gear and pay dividend for essential retail workers

David Gardiner, a paramedic, trade unionist and Workers’ Party representative, has called for the safety of essential retail workers to be guaranteed at work amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Gardiner, the party’s representative in Dublin Mid-West, said: “This coronavirus has shown just how heavily society relies on ordinary workers like thewarehouse operatives, the shelf stackers and [...]

March 23rd, 2020|Comments Off on Calls for protective gear and pay dividend for essential retail workers

Workers’ Party calls for Personal Protective Equipment for NI care workers

Conor Campbell, Workers’ Party representative in Upper Springfield/Black Mountain, has called on the UK government to ensure provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the pivotal role of care workers fighting coronavirus. Campbell said:  “Social care workers and all carers have a significant role to play in supporting our communities and keeping vulnerable people and [...]

March 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on Workers’ Party calls for Personal Protective Equipment for NI care workers