Monday, 28 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
On the morning of Friday, 11 April members of EWPG visited the car parks at Queen Street, Castle Place and Wellington Place. Our mission was to increase awareness of the proposals being put forward by Roads Service in relation to car parking, and to highlight the likely implications for workers.
The response was incredible, with everyone being receptive to our message. So much so, that we succeeded in collecting 600+ signatures on our petition forms within the space of 90 minutes. We were also greatly encouraged by the fact that no fewer than 7 politicians turned up to show their solidarity with the town's workers, while apologies and messages of support were received from a number of others.
We are also indebted to the Fermanagh Council of Trade Unions for their assistance on the day and for their continued support with our campaign.
This was an extremely worthwhile exercise and had a re-energising effect on our group. Please continue to check this site for news of further activities.
ANYONE could have done it,
But NO ONE wanted to,
But SOMEONE could have only done,
What EVERYONE knew they could do.
When NO ONE wanted to do it,
EVERYONE was doing something else,
If only SOMEONE would have done it,
Instead, they cared about only themselves.
EVERYONE knew that they were able to do it,
But NO ONE would stand up to be that ONE.
Since NO ONE would volunteer to do it,
NO ONE did what ANYONE could have done.
So if NO ONE wants to do it,
Then YOU stand up and be that SOMEONE.
Because ANYONE can set a sincere example,
And be a leader for EVERYONE.
BY MARK ANTHONY THOMAS
Mark Anthony Thomas is an award winning author, freelance writer, literary artist, and motivational speaker. He very kindly gave permission for his poem, 'What Anyone Could Do' to be included on this site, and it would be great if his words inspire each and every one of you to play a part in this campaign. So start sending those letters and emails, if you haven't done so already.
Saturday, 26 April 2008
However it is important that workers continue to lobby politicians in respect of this issue. Letter writing and emailing can be time consuming, but well worth the effort if it helps you to save £700 per year.
Contact details for MLA's can be obtained by clicking on the 'membership' option on the following website:
Please remember to include Conor Murphy MP MLA (Department of Regional Development) on your mailing list.
Local councillors can be contacted as follows:
(click on The Council, then Councillors)
It may also be worthwhile informing the Chief Executive of Fermanagh District Council, Rodney Connor of your views:
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
- that the County and its hinterland is predominantly rural
- that the public transport system is inadequate
- that consequently workers have little option other than to drive to work
- that many workers employed in shops/service sector are on, or just above the minimum wage
- that these workers cannot afford to pay £700 per annum in parking charges (not that anyone can)
- that ultimately such businesses will experience difficulties in recruiting staff
Maybe someone will inform Roads Service accordingly.
- saddled with a mortgage
- struggling to put children through 3rd level education
- having to pay for childcare
- faced with an increased domestic rates bill (expected to rise even further once the proposed amalgamation of Fermanagh and Omagh councils occurs)
- fearful of what the imminent water charges will bring
- worried about NIPSA warning that up to 10,000 public service jobs could disappear within N. Ireland
- concerned that the current state of world financial markets will have a devastating effect on pension fund
- irritated by the ever spiralling costs of keeping a vehicle on the road
- resigned to the fact that rising fuel costs will in turn increase the cost of everything e.g. weekly shop, domestic heating bill etc
- frustrated by own inability to save money
- outraged that Roads Service would even consider inflicting further taxation upon workers
Monday, 21 April 2008
Sunday, 20 April 2008
- how much of this revenue is Roads Service spending on the upkeep of the road network within County Fermanagh?
- what percentage is leaving Northern Ireland and finding its way into the coffers of NCP Services?
We shall await the Roads Service reply with much interest.
Saturday, 19 April 2008
Change the tariff in Quay Lane south car park from 30p for three hours to 30p per hour
Provide approximately 27 additional free car parking spaces at Wellington Place
(formal legislative and consultation processes to take place August / September this year).