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8 November 2003
East Belfast Socialist Party candidate, Tommy Black has challenged the parties to support Teachers in their fight to retain pay parity.
"As usual the politicians here are managing to steer clear of all the real issues in the election. The unionists are screaming that we are "simply British" but they have nothing to say about the attempt by Blair to introduce regional pay and put teachers and other public servants here on worse pay and conditions.
"When David Trimble says we are "simply British" he should add that he doesn’t mind if we are also "simply the poor relations."
As an education worker and trade unionist I fully support the teachers in this battle to ensure that their pay and conditions are at the very least on the level of teachers across the water."
Tommy Black can be contacted through the Socialist Party election office: 90232962
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