Trade unions calling for debate on practicalities of border poll

Trade unions calling for debate on practicalities of border poll

More than 150 trade unions have joined together to start thinking about how a united Ireland would look for workers.

They are calling for a debate on what the practicalities of a border poll would be before any vote is held.

The group will hold a congress in April with trade union reps north and south.

General Secretary of Mandate Trade Union John Douglas says serious thought needs to be put in before a vote:

"There's a huge job of work to do and we cannot wait for both governments, by virtue of an international treaty, to just suddenly say 'lets have a poll'.

A poll on what? A poll on removing an invisible border? That's not helpful.

"So there needs to be a deep debate among Irish citizens and the Irish political movement to discuss what a new construct could look like."

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