Group calls on workers to strike to show support for repealing the 8th

'Strike 4 Repeal' say it will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense

Group calls on workers to strike to show support for repealing the 8th

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A group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists are calling on workers to go on strike on March 8th.

It is part of a campaign to show support for repealing the 8th amendment.

The organisers of the 'Strike 4 Repeal' campaign say they are "an ad-hoc, non-affiliated group".

"Our demand is that the Irish Government call a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment by the 8th of March. If not, Ireland will strike."

They say the strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense - but could include taking an annual leave day off work, refraining from domestic work or staging a walkout during a lunch break.

They are asking business owners to consider closing their services for all or part of the day as "a solidarity action".

Spokesperson Avril Corroon says: "We share the concern of many pro-choice groups that the Citizen's Assembly is no more than a hollow pretense of progress.

"It is the latest in years' worth of attempts to delay the undeniable movement in favour of repealing the 8th amendment."

Several groups have signed on to support the strike - including the Anti Racism Network, Outhouse, NUIG Feminist Society and Abortion Rights Campaign.

The Citizens' Assembly has met twice so far this year to discuss the issue.

It will also meet for several days in February, March and April considering the topic.

The group will then produce a report and make recommendations to the Houses of the Oireachtas.