YES VICE PRESIDENCY ELECTION A VICTORY FOR LABOUR YOUTH

Labour Youth is delighted to welcome the election of its candidate Neil Warner to the position of Vice President of the Young European Socialists over the weekend.

National Chairperson Jack Eustace commented: “Neil’s election as Vice President of YES represents the first time in over twenty-five years a Labour Youth member has held that position. It’s a testament to the hard work put in by our international team over the last number of years, and to the commitment to European solidarity of the Labour Youth general membership.”

Labour Youth’s International Officer Kerri Ryan, who led the delegation to the congress in Switzerland at which Warner was elected, said “The team worked so hard to get Neil across the line and see him elected Vice President. We’re very grateful to our comrades across the continent who endorsed Neil’s vision of an organisation that acts, organises and communicates on a truly European level.”

Warner, a former Labour Youth International Officer, also commented on his election: “I’m delighted to have won the position with the support and encouragement of fellow Labour Youth members and left-wing activists across Europe. I’m really looking forward to getting started and working closely with the new President Laura Slimani, Secretary-General Nina Zivanovic and the rest of YES over the next two years.”

DUNNES STORES SHOULD DO THE DECENT THING

Labour Youth has voiced its full support for the Dunnes Stores workers on strike today.

National Chairperson of Labour Youth Jack Eustace said: “The poor treatment of workers by Dunnes Stores is nothing short of a disgrace. The striking workers have our full backing and we will be joining them on the picket line in Henry Street, Dublin, Cork City, and elsewhere.

“There is simply no excuse for the level of uncertainty faced by these workers in their hours and their work. Dunnes Stores should do the decent thing and respect their staff’s concerns immediately.

“Labour Youth has been campaigning hard to increase worker security by tackling zero hour contracts and low pay. Without decisive action on a national level, we feel scandalous behaviour like that of the Dunnes Stores management is doomed to be repeated.

“We call on Labour in Government to continue its work and ensure action on low pay and zero hour contracts before the end of the year.’

LABOUR YOUTH EXPRESSES SADNESS AT DEATH OF FATAH YOUTH MEMBER

With great sadness, Labour Youth has today responded to the death of 19-year-old Jihad Al-Ja’Fari, a member of Fatah Youth Palestine, who died in an Israeli raid on the Al-Dheshe refugee camp in Southern Bethlehem last Tuesday.

Speaking in the wake of the tragic incident, Labour Youth’s International Officer Kerri Ryan commented: “Our thoughts at this time are with Jihad’s family and friends. We are now reaffirming our long-standing policy of calling for recognition of the Palestinian state and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.”

Further commenting, candidate for Vice President of the Young European Socialists and Labour Youth member Neil Warner added: “Hearing of our comrade’s death was a real blow to all of us. I strongly believe that now more than ever, the international community and people throughout the world need to call on Israel to end its occupation of Palestine.”