UNISON attends Empty Purse event at Stormont

Demonstrators at Stormont

Deputy first minister Martin McGuinness receives an empty purse


UNISON joined forces with various pressure groups at Stormont today to protest against the Welfare Reform Bill – particularly around universal credit and monthly payments – and encourage Northern Ireland’s MLAs to make changes.
At the event, MLAs were presented with empty purses – a symbol of the difficulties faced by many due to government cuts.
Accepting the purses were deputy first minister Martin McGuinness (pictured), Sinn Fein culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, the SDLP’s Mark H Durkan and the Green Party’s Steven Agnew.
UNISON attended the demonstration with banners and flags to put pressure on the Stormont Executive to adjust the course of the Welfare Reform Bill.