Jeremy Corbyn meets striking workers
While at TUC Congress on Tuesday 10 September, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met Harland and Wolf workers who have occupied the ship yard in Belfast to save it from closure.
He also met striking health workers from Lincolnshire who have been taking industrial action against their employer, Lincolnshire County Council, over a pay freeze that has been in place for the last three years. He gave them a message of solidarity from the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn MP said:
“These are courageous workers who are taking action to protect their jobs. In the case of Harland and Wolf, workers are protecting the whole shipbuilding industry in Belfast, which would otherwise be condemned to the history books – literally – and replaced with apartments and a museum of shipbuilding.
“I was very moved by the passion of experienced health workers who care so deeply for the communities they serve, but who see first hand the damaging effects of austerity.
“I was honoured to meet and stand alongside these striking trade union members, all of them full of determination and dedication to their profession. Labour will treat our workers with the respect they deserve and will be on their side, not the side of asset strippers and austerity.”
Notes to editors
In the meeting:
- Four Harland and Wolf workers from Belfast, three health workers from Lincolnshire.
- Plus: Len McClusky, general secretary of Unite the Union, Tim Roach, GMB general secretary, Steve Turner, Howard Beckett, Gail Cartmail, all Unite assistant general secretaries
Photos of the event are available here:
For any use, Please credit: © Jess Hurd/TUC