Hundreds turn out for Derry’s Day of Action

  • Hundreds in Guildhall Square
  • Crowds exceed organisers’ expectation
  • More action ahead say trade unionists

Hundreds of public workers were joined by members of the public and trade union representatives in a packed Guildhall Square this afternoon as part of the Northern Ireland wide ‘Day of Action.’

Organisers of the local event say crowds far exceeded their expectations. A march, which started at Altnagelvin Hospital at 12 noon, converged on the city centre shortly before 1pm. Ambluance staff, teachers, classroom assistants and others came together to show their opposition to the cuts to public services.

A section of the attendance at Friday's protest in Guildhall Square. DER1015MC140

A section of the attendance at Friday's protest in Guildhall Square. DER1015MC140

The crowd stayed in Guildhall Square for around an hour listening to speeches from representatives from UNISON, NIPSA, UNITE and GMB as well as crowd stirring contributions from Derry’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau Manager Jacqui Gallagher and veteran trade unionist Eamon McCann. Liam Gallagher, secretary of the Derry Trades Council compered the lunchtime event.

Members of the Ambulance Service pictured at Friday's protest. DER1015MC141

Members of the Ambulance Service pictured at Friday's protest. DER1015MC141