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Our Election Leaflet
Friday 22nd April 2005
SOCIALIST ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE
The Socialist Environmental Alliance has been the most positive force for radical change in the Derry area in recent years. On the airport, the rail link, council pay, water charges, etc., the SEA has led the way.
All the other parties offer more of the same---selling-off public services, acceptance of water charges, poor wages, property developers destroying our environment, evictions at the dictat of a billion-pound multinational.
We challenge the agenda which puts profit before all else. We stand for the common interests of working people---the only sound basis for resolving the endless stalemate of communal politics.
A VOTE FOR ANY OTHER PARTY IS A VOTE FOR WATER CHARGES
Alone among the parties, we stand for a mass campaign of non-payment of water charges. We will lead from the front. Our councillors won't pay.
ABOLISH ILEX - FOR DEMOCRATIC DECISION-MAKING
The "regeneration" outfit ILEX has wasted £100,000 of our money on a year's salary for a chief executive who produced nothing. All the other parties want a replacement on the same sky-high salary. We say, No! Abolish ILEX! Make decisions on how to develop our city publicly and democratically. We stand for ethical investment. Not arms factories, but public housing, recreation areas, secure jobs.
MONEY FOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH - NOT FOR WAR
We will link the local to the global issues. The British government has thrown billions into the illegal war on Iraq. We reject the logic of the New Labour scoundrels who now tell us there's no money for education and health.
NO AIRPORT EVICTIONS - UPGRADE THE RAIL LINK
We stand with the Donnybrewer residents in resisting eviction and demolition of their homes. Derry people already subsidise the airport and Ryanair to the tune of millions. Councillors fall over themselves to feather-bed a ruthless, polluting, union-busting airline, but hardly lifted a finger to fight for a fast rail link---which would open job opportunities in Belfast to local workers.
OPPOSE RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
We will insist the council gives a lead in challenging racist attitudes. We stand for full rights for migrant workers. Employers shouldn't be allowed to divide us by creating a two-tier workforce. Homophobic attacks and domestic violence are a blight on our city. The Council should be to the fore in combating this often hidden violence.
STOP CRIMINALISING YOUNG PEOPLE
ASBOs, prison sentences and punishment attacks on young people don't solve social problems. They treat a symptom, not the cause. It will take the radical economic agenda we stand for to deal with the causes. We say, provide the resources and then work with young people to create alternatives.
UNION RIGHTS, SECURE JOBS AND DECENT WAGES FOR ALL
The current council advertises the Derry area as a place where workers come cheap. They boast that wages are lower than in Britain and the rest of Europe. They have given an uncritical welcome to anti-union companies like Seagate and Marks and Spencer. We want to make Derry a union town again, where workers are respected and paid well and have secure jobs.
The council should immediately raise the minimum wage of council workers to the European decency threshold. We will oppose the current cuts in pay for council workers.
We want full re-cycling, with street-corner facilities‹otherwise we face millionpound EU fines or an incinerator in years to come.
"This announcement, like that about the railway, shows the short-term view taken by both governments in relation to transport. The continued expansion of air travel which, according to the airport management, will grow by 40% each year over the next 4 -5 years, is a disaster for the environment. Air travel pollution is the single biggest growth factor in destruction of the ozone layer and, consequently, global warming. Derry needs better and quicker rail travel, not privatisation, evictions and more planes.
Our Westminster Candidate
Eamonn McCann is a journalist and author. He has been an active socialist for four decades and was an organiser of the October 1968 Civil Rights march in Derry. He is a member of Derry Trades Council and the Bloody Sunday Trust.
Our Council Candidates
Colm Bryce (Northland)
Colm Bryce is a former trade union organiser and is currently researching a PhD in labour history at Magee. He is a member of the Derry Anti-War Coalition and Communities Against the Water Tax.
Oisin Kehoe (Northland)
Oisin Kehoe works in an Irish medium nursery and runs a youth club in Ballymagroarty and Shantallow. He is involved in the campaign to save the Brooke Park football pitches
Liam Friel (Cityside)
Liam Friel is a civil service worker and NIPSA branch secretary and a member of Communities Against the Water Tax.
David McAuley (Waterside)
David McAuley is a member of the GMB union. He is a member of Communities Against the Water Tax and the Derry Anti-War Coalition.