Workers Party support USDAW picket on Primark

Solidarity call for workers denied rights by billionaire company owners

The Workers' Party will hold a protest outside Belfast's main Primark store in Castle Place on Friday (Mar 16) at 1.00pm  in solidarity with members of the USDAW trade union who are on strike at the company's Northern Ireland outlets.  The company trades in the Republic of Ireland as Penney's.
Workers Party General Secretary and Belfast chairman John Lowry called on party members and supporters to come out in full suport of the workers at tomorrow's protest.  The company's workers have had their pay frozen for the past three years and are being forced to accept changes which will worsen their working conditions and terms of employment.
Primark / Penney's is owned by a company called  Associated British Foods which is enjoying record profits and is one of the top ten companies on the Financial Times FTSE 100 list.  The company's major shareholders are Galen Weston and his family, who are listed as the second wealtiest in Canada and 133rd richest in the world.
The company was able to pay its shareholders significantly enhanced dividends last year and made pre-tax profits of around 900 million in 2011.

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