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– Seanín Ní Connalláin writes about the ongoing campaign in Queens’ University Belfast to resist the outsourcing of security jobs to notorious security firm G4S.

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Over the past number of days, students at Queens University Belfast have been mobilising to prevent the privatisation of security positions at the Students Union.

Currently QUBSU employs 18 security staff, of which around 90% are current students or graduates of the university. Door security is currently outsourced to G4S for events, with the rest of the security being provided in house. At the beginning of April, security employees of the SU were informed that contracts they currently hold would be terminated at the end of this month (May 2013) to make way for the outsourcing of their positions to private security company, G4S. Employees are currently in the position of having to decide between accepting a zero hour contract with G4S or losing their job.

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This Saturday(tomorrow!)  at lunchtime, the #Apr13 ‘Stop the Robbery’ protest takes place.

Called by the Campaign Against Home & Water Taxes and organized in conjunction with some of the anti-CrokePark2 trade unions and various other campaign groups, it begins at 12.30pm on Parnell Square in Dublin. The plan is to march to Dublin Castle where EU Finance Ministers(like a mega-Troika) are meeting as part of Ireland’s EU presidency.

They will be discussing the usual; how to put a presentable face on looting and pillaging the most vulnerable in society and tossing vast swathes of the continent onto the fire to keep banks and industry warm. Lucifer himself is rumoured to be attending to collect the souls of everyone under 25 that have been promised to him(yiz never read the Austerity Treaty, did ye??).

So slap together some witty homemade banners(enough with the Fr. Ted ones though..), work out how you can march with the 4 different blocs you said you’d march with, and make sure you get there! It’d be damn great if thousands of us turn up and showed the rest of Europe that, actually, we’re indignant too and we’re ready to do something about it.

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