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(07 Feb 2013)

 Circular 8/2013 - Reminder - Members encouraged to attend Saturday's anti-austerity marches

Dear Branch Secretary

Just a quick reminder in relation to the Lift the Burden – Jobs Not Debt ICTU anti-Austerity marches to be held on Saturday.
Details are as follows: Saturday, February 9 (assemble 1pm).

Assembly Points
DUBLIN: Cook Street (near Civic Offices, Wood Quay);*
CORK: SIPTU offices, Connolly, Hall Lapps Quay;
GALWAY: Cathedral Car Park;
LIMERICK: Mechanics Institute, Harstonge Street;
WATERFORD: The Glen (in front of the Forum);
SLIGO: Sligo County Council Offices, Riverside

*In terms of the Dublin rally it has been agreed to order the march on the basis of union size, followed by the Trades Councils and civil society organisations. Pitches will be allocated to unions at the starting point in Cook Street. The Association will march behind our own banner and we will be directly behind CPSU, PSEU, UCATT and the IMO. Behind us will be Prison Officers Association (POA). Members are encouraged to arrive as early as possible as there is expected to be a large attendance. The march will then make its way to Merrion Square. Members will only be able to join the march from Cook Street. Please note that you will not be allowed to join the march en route. Access to Cook Street is from Bridge Street only. For those coming from O’Connell Street on the south quays towards Heuston Station, turn left on Merchant’s Quay (at Merchant’s public house) onto Bridge Street and then left onto Cook Street.

Please contact Ciaran Rohan (087 2300300), John Kelleher (087 2841932) or Dave Thomas (087 2220192) for any queries on Saturday.

While the proposal put to the European Central Bank appears to spread the cost of the Promissory Note over a longer period the key fact remains that 1.8 million working people cannot possibly sustain a bank debt burden of €64 billion. The Promissory Note is only one element of the bank debt problem. The other key element is the necessity to honour the commitment to implement the European Council Agreement of June, 29, 2012, on allowing the ESM to recapitalise banks.

While it is appreciated that the march is being held on a Saturday and that many members may have family commitments etc, nevertheless, you are strongly encouraged to attend. Children are most welcome to attend with their parents and the march will be as child-friendly as possible with children’s activities and live music.
Please circulate to all members.



Dave Thomas
General Secretary

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