Article from the May 2005 edition, the Socialist
paper of the Socialist Party, the CWI in Ireland.
NIPSA - Billy Lynn for president
LONGSTANDING SOCIALIST Party member, Billy Lynn, is standing for President of NIPSA. For the last two and a half years, the Presidency has been held by Carmel Gates, also a leading member of the Socialist Party.
Billy is a one of the best known activists in NIPSA, having been a member of the union for 30 years and having held leadership positions at branch and Department level for most of that time, as well as serving on the union's executive committees.
Billy told The Socialist: "As President, I intend to take up where Carmel Gates left off. NIPSA members must prepare for major battles on pay, to defend pensions, against privatisation and against the cuts in services such as the current cuts being imposed in education.
"To be able to resist these attacks we need strong branches and democratic structures throughout the union. I support the right of branches to have funds to allow them to organise their own campaigns without having to wait on the say so of Harkin House. I have always fought for an end to the position where full time officials are appointed and unaccountable to the members they represent.
"I will use my position as President to push for the election of all our negotiating officials by the members they represent - just as the General Secretary is now elected."