Derry City and Strabane District Council
Thursday 30 April 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions


No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting

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Member Attendance and Apologies

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Declarations of Members' Interests

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Open for Decision

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Chairperson's Business

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Covid-19 Update - To Follow

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Notices of Motion

Cllr Durkan to Move:


This Council believes that every employee facing the trauma of a terminal illness diagnosis should be treated with compassion and understanding, and that every such employee should be afforded full opportunity to make informed choices.

This Council welcomes the TUC campaign calling for additional employment protections for workers with a terminal illness diagnosis and the voluntary Charter that employers can sign up to.

This Council resolves to:
-Support the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign;
-Sign up to the Charter, and
-Encourage employers throughout our city and district to sign up to the Charter.


Councillor McCann to Move:


Council supports the NUS-USI student union campaign during the Covid-19 crisis for greater support for students.


Landlords have been supported with mortgage holidays, VAT relief and rates relief but this is not being passed down to students. Despite receiving support from the public purse some landlords continue to demand full rent from student tenants. Many students have lost their source of income as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. Students are currently excluded from applying for benefits, resulting in students being threatened with eviction and legal action when unable to pay rent.


Council supports the NUS-USI demands and calls on the Stormont Executive to protect students during this crisis by implementing the following measures:


        A rent suspension for all students throughout the duration of this crisis.

        Students granted a penalty free option of terminating their tenancy contracts.

        Students be granted immediate access to apply for benefits.

        All measures supporting students to be backdated to 1 March.


Councillor Harkin to Move:


Derry Trades Union Council call on the Derry City and Strabane District Council to stand in solidarity with all front-line workers, risking their lives to keep us safe and allow society to function. We call for all essential Council front-line workers to receive incentive hazard pay at this time.


DTUC call on Council to write to the Office of the FMDFM requesting they release financial support in order to ensure all essential front-line workers across the North receive incentive, hazard pay and that no worker suffer a financial detriment as a result of having to self-isolate or shield due to Covid-19. This includes all workers within the public, private, community and voluntary sectors.


DTUC calls for the Council to give its full support to "Five Minutes of Noise for Workers Rights" at 6pm on Friday May 1st to mark International Workers Day. Council backs the call to hang out red flags and signs supporting essential workers for 24 hours on May 1st. Council agrees the lights in the Guildhall clock and Council buildings will be turned red on May Day.


DTUC call on Council to request employers agree to the unobstructed right of all workers to trade union representation, real living wages, strong terms and conditions and good quality public services. Council agrees to request employers facilitate workers to meet to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for them and their workplace in order  ...  view the full agenda text for item 6.

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Open for Information

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Responses to Motions pdf icon PDF 175 KB

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Seal pdf icon PDF 136 KB

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Any Other Relevant Items

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