THE rain stayed away across West Belfast yesterday as public sector workers took to the picket lines outside our local schools, transport and hospitals services, protesting over threats to their pensions and the fear of further deeper cuts to vital services.
Getting the balance right as society battles its way through the worst economic crisis in living memory is a priority for the Stormont Executive. Or so it tells us. Because, the evidence on the ground is that the Executive may not always deliver on its promises.
Hundreds of health and education workers in South Belfast last week joined thousands of others across the North in a 24-hour strike in protest at budget cuts.
DURING next week’s 24-hour strike, the Royal Victoria Hospital will be limited to dealing with “emergencies only”, union officials have said as final plans for the one-day action are made.