The Irish Secretary of the trade union UNITE has welcomed the decision by Derry City Council to table a proposal for a living wage for all its workers. Speaking during a visit to the city yesterday as part of the annual executive meeting of UNITE, Irish Secretary Jimmy Kelly said Derry City Council’s decision was positive and to be congratulated.
He said: “It’s a big step forward and I think it should be an example to the private sector. This decision sends a signal to the private sector that they must change. The well known national Union leader also emphasised how important it is for workers and those within community settings to be unionised.
“What we’re saying is that you have to be collectively organised, the way employers are organised, and that way you stand some chance. We also want to take UNITE into communities,” Mr. Kelly said.
Mr. Kelly joined other trade unionists including Derry’s Liam Gallagher and local politicians who are campaigning against potential changes to the way the NHS is run as a result of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership,