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13 November 2003

Jim Barbour calls on Finance Minister Ian Pearson to resign

South Belfast Socialist Party candidate Jim Barbour today called on Finance Minister, Ian Pearson, to resign immediately over his handling of pay negotiations with civil servants.

"Ian Pearson has created a crisis in the civil service by offering staff a 0% pay rise for this year.

"This has left civil servants with no option but to ballot for industrial action.

"When pressed to come up with a decent offer he dismissed union negotiators by saying he didnít care as he was out of here in three weeks anyway.

"With this attitude he should do us all a favour and pack his bags now." For further comment:

Contact the Socialist Party on 028 90 232962 or 07743282321

e-mail: socialist@belfastsp.freeserve.co.uk

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