Fridays rally commences from the Blue Lagoon at Riverside in Sligo at 2.30pm. It is part of a series of rallies organised around the country, north and south of the border, by ICTU protesting against planned cutbacks by both the Dublin and Stormont administrations.
He added: "Despite Fianna Fáil and Green party claims that the finance is not there to properly fund our health and education services at current levels and to maintain present welfare and public sector pay rates, they did not hesitate to divert billions of taxpayers money to NAMA in order to bail out the banks."
"They refuse to nationalise the hundreds of billions of euros worth of oil and gas which lies off the Irish coast. The massive wealth which the Corrib gas field and other would generate could be used to ensure that those most in need receive adequate social welfare, wiping out poverty in the process. The wealth could also be used to deliver much needed funding for essential health and education services and to stop further job and pay cuts in the public sector as planned for the budget."
He concluded: "These cuts must be resisted vigorously. Workers and trade unionists, the unemployed, political activists and working class communities in general need to take to the streets in their thousands on Friday to tell the government that they have had enough and will not be made to pay for the failures of capitalism and the greed and incompetence of the political and business classes. "