Northern Ireland: Assembley elections – Jim Barbour calls on Finance Minister Ian Pearson to resign

South Belfast Socialist Party candidate Jim Barbour today called on Finance Minister, Ian Pearson, to resign immediately over his handling of pay negotiations with civil servants.

Assembly elections

Jim Barbour calls on Finance Minister Ian Pearson to resign

“Ian Pearson has created a crisis in the civil service by offering staff a 0% pay rise for this year.

“This has left civil servants with no option but to ballot for industrial action.

“When pressed to come up with a decent offer he dismissed union negotiators by saying he didn’t care as he was out of here in three weeks anyway.

“With this attitude he should do us all a favour and pack his bags now.”

For further comment contact: Jim Barbour 07711210731

Contact the Socialist Party: 028 90 232962 or 07743282321



Jim Barbour is an executive member of the Fire Brigades Union, representing firefighters in Northern Ireland.

Jim led firefighters in the recent dispute over pay and against the run down and privatisation of the fire service.

If elected he will act with the same resolve to defend public services and uphold the jobs and conditions of the people who work in them.

Jim was a founder of the South Belfast Campaign Against Water Charges and is currently helping setting up anti water charges groups around the constituency.

Jim is married with one daughter and lives in the Four Winds area.

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November 2003