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category national | elections / politics | feature author Thursday January 13, 2011 15:47author by Jerry Cornelius Report this post to the editors

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Jimmy Kelly of UNITE calls on Voters to VOTE LEFT

The UNITE trade union, the second largest union in the Republic of Ireland has called on all working people to vote for a left wing government in the general election likely to be held in March.

“Workers should use their vote in the upcoming general election to bring about a left-wing government for the first time in the history of the state,” said Jimmy Kelly, Regional Secretary of Unite the union.

UNITE is an affiliate member of the Labour Party, and is encouraging the party to look left for coalition partners rather than to the old order of Fine Gael.

“The Left has never been stronger. Recent polls put the combined strength of the Labour Party and Sinn Fein at 40 percent. This is substantially higher than either of the right-wing parties. With the support of other left parties and progressive independents, a Left government is now a distinct possibility.”

“We need to remove Fianna Fáil from government and keep their political half brothers Fine Gael out too. A vote for Fine Gael is a vote for more Fianna Fáil policies. They will support massive cuts to public services, privatisation, more job losses across all sectors, and social welfare cuts. There is nothing to be gained by helping Fine Gael back into office.”

“While competition for votes and seats between Left parties is to be expected, we should remember that progressives have more in common with each other than they do with either of the civil war parties.”

“For the first time we have an opportunity to move away from out of touch and outdated politics based on history rather than ideology. We can produce a legacy of genuine alternative views between right and left, social democracy and neo-liberalism. Right wing politics based on the markets has failed utterly. UNITE will be calling on its members, trade unionists and all workers to use their votes to maximise Left wing seats. We urge them to vote for, and transfer to, Left wing candidates.”

“The electorate will decide what the next government will be. We all have an opportunity to elect the first Left government in the history of the state.”

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Further information:

UNITE Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly 087 9003217

UNITE (Ireland) Press Office Rob Hartnett 086 3851955

www.unitetheunion.org/ireland

www.twitter.com/Unite_Union_Ire

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   it's not looking all that great Jerry     V for vendetta    Wed Jan 12, 2011 14:36 
   and with labour winkin at kenny..     opus diablos    Wed Jan 12, 2011 15:38 
   Labour openly don't care about improving society for the better     V for vendetta    Wed Jan 12, 2011 20:56 
   clarification     protest voter    Thu Jan 13, 2011 16:01 
   well spotted, pv     opus diablos    Thu Jan 13, 2011 16:16 
   I'm really not sure     p v    Thu Jan 13, 2011 16:55 
   Vote left all the way     francis hughes    Thu Jan 13, 2011 18:07 
   Definition of Hope     rianorr    Thu Jan 13, 2011 21:09 
   alternative definition..     opus diablos    Fri Jan 14, 2011 14:15 
 10   Left illusions on the road to hell     protest voter    Fri Jan 14, 2011 14:31 
 11   'Abandon hope...     opus diablos    Fri Jan 14, 2011 15:37 
 12   I might just get away..     opus diablos    Fri Jan 14, 2011 16:15 
 13   Mr     Gerard Murphy    Fri Jan 14, 2011 16:30 
 14   Reply to PV     Des    Fri Jan 14, 2011 16:53 
 15   V is absolutely correct ?     protest voter    Fri Jan 14, 2011 17:41 
 16   Jimmy Kelly     PV    Fri Jan 14, 2011 17:53 
 17   SWP     Des    Fri Jan 14, 2011 18:08 
 18   A little historic perspective says things have been worse...opus     p v    Fri Jan 14, 2011 18:09 
 19   Please come to one of those business parks.     Anna    Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:46 
 20   should we believe gilmore???,pv     opus diablos    Sun Jan 16, 2011 13:19 
 21   business parks     pv    Sun Jan 16, 2011 15:34 
 22   Well Paid Incompetents.     Peadaar    Sun Jan 16, 2011 15:57 
 23   believing Gilmore or not...??     opus diablos    Sun Jan 16, 2011 16:28 
 24   Reply to Peadaar     Des    Sun Jan 16, 2011 19:03 
 25   to the waffle brigade     PV    Sun Jan 16, 2011 19:21 
 26   get real. There will be no socialist revolution here so lets be pragmatic     V for vendetta    Sun Jan 16, 2011 22:33 
 27   yeah yeah     PV    Sun Jan 16, 2011 23:28 
 28   @ PV     V for vendetta    Sun Jan 16, 2011 23:42 
 29   “get real. There will be no socialist revolution here so lets be pragmatic” v4v     PV    Mon Jan 17, 2011 09:22 
 30   lets be pragmatic...     opus diablos    Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:02 
 31   China is not going to come to Ireland's rescue     PV    Mon Jan 17, 2011 14:48 
 32   Bondholders     Des    Mon Jan 17, 2011 15:22 
 33   its not about China acting the cavalry, pv..     opus diablos    Mon Jan 17, 2011 15:27 
 34   replies     PV    Mon Jan 17, 2011 17:50 
 35   Slavish     Peadaar.    Mon Jan 17, 2011 17:52 
 36   @pv     opus diablos    Tue Jan 18, 2011 14:39 
 37   @opus     PV    Tue Jan 18, 2011 20:20 
 38   "there you are"     PV    Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:44 
 39   I think, pv,...     opus diablos    Wed Jan 19, 2011 13:27 
 40   Marxist Alternative ???     Maddser    Thu Jan 20, 2011 07:45 
 41   capitalism is leading to war     PV    Thu Jan 20, 2011 14:25 
 42   you forgot a bit though, pv     opus diablos    Thu Jan 20, 2011 15:27 
 43   opus     PV    Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:10 
 44   no serious argument     opus diablos    Fri Jan 21, 2011 13:08 
 45   How to use the elections to present a revoltuionary socialist perspective     Alan Davis    Thu Jan 27, 2011 14:26 
 46   presentation skills for the post - ipod generation     pv    Thu Jan 27, 2011 16:50 


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