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Pamela Dooley Vice Chairperson ICTU NI Committee and UNISON. Rights in Recession. Context. Equality and Rights under greatest threat at time of recession Commitments in Good Friday Agreement largely ignored by politicians

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context
Context
  • Equality and Rights under greatest threat at time of recession
  • Commitments in Good Friday Agreement largely ignored by politicians
  • Draft budget constitutes a real threat to the socio economic rights of the people
uk government cuts ni
UK Government Cuts - NI
  • UK Emergency Budget June 2010

£8bn impact in tax rises and welfare cuts

  • Further UK cuts to Welfare benefits:

£8bn becomes £16bn

  • UK Cuts to NI Block Grant:
              • £4bn
        • Impact - 75% women
who is under threat
Who is under threat?
  • Women
  • Children
  • Everyone living in poverty
  • The low paid
  • Pensioners
  • Working class people in general
what we can expect
What we can expect
  • Restricted access to community care
  • Closures of beds
  • Hospital beds will get blocked
  • Waiting lists will extend, both for hospital and community services
  • Reduction in grants to the voluntary sector
  • No new patients on high cost drugs
  • Jobs will be lost – c.4,000
  • A moratorium in employment
  • Cash control on necessary agency and locum spend leading to unplanned closure
  • New buildings currently in construction left unopened
  • Co payments and Greater contributions from service users.
the right to education
The Right to Education
  • Over 4 years £300m funding gap
  • Capital 30% shortfall

ISSUES NOT ADDRESSED

  • Attainment Outcomes
  • Existing Inequalities
  • Real need
education what we can expect
Education: What we can expect

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  • Promise of some growth in Free Meals, Early Years

BUT

  • School meals budget cut by 6%
  • School Budget Cut (2014-2015 - 15%)
  • LMS issue
  • Home to School Transport cut
  • Capacity Building (4.8m) cut
  • Job loss
education what we can expect1
Education: What we can expect

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE ARTS AND LEISURE

  • Library Closures (x10)
  • 15-20% reduction opening hours (redundancies)
  • Recruitment freeze
  • Book Stock (0.29!)
education what we can expect2
Education: What we can expect

Department of Employment

  • Student loans
  • Education Maintenance Allowance

Universities and Colleges

  • Major cuts in services and job
right to housing
Right to Housing
  • ‘Flat Cash’
  • Little or no growth in public housing
  • Waiting list increase
  • Regeneration initiatives under threat
right to social security
Right to Social Security
  • Obscene cuts to the welfare benefits system
  • Introduction of charging for services
  • Universal Benefit a threat to individual rights
right to an adequate standard of living
Right to an Adequate Standard of Living
  • Pay Freezes
  • Pay Cuts
  • Attacks on agreed conditions
  • ‘Sweating’ the workforce
  • Attacking the benefits system
on the offensive
On the Offensive
  • UK and NI governments side-stepping legal obligations on equality and human rights
  • Legal challenges in UK winning at operational level if not at Government level
  • Trades unions taking industrial action
  • Unions and communities mobilising, marching , lobbying and taking direct action
  • A sustained programme of strategic action on all front can bring about change
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