The sectarian graffiti was daubed on a wall close to the former FG Wilson plant
UNION chiefs last night branded sectarian graffiti daubed close to a major industrial plant in west Belfast as a “reprehensible attempt to divide workers”.
The slogan ‘FG’s loyalist not welcome’ appeared on a wall of the Caterpillar plant, a former FG Wilson base, close to the Springfield Road on Monday.
While the graffiti appeared to have been painted over by yesterday morning, there was strong condemnation last night of those responsible.
Susan Fitzgerald from Unite trade union said: “The sectarian scrawl written on a wall outside the Caterpillar site in Springvale has been designed to intimidate and divide workers – it cannot and will not be allowed to succeed.
“Workplaces are the one place in Northern Ireland where people come together across the sectarian divides.”
She added: “Unite stands full square against sectarianism and intimidation and the disgusting graffiti at Springvale today. Anyone that threatens a hair on the head of any one of our members is an enemy of our union”.
Jackie Pollock from Unite said it had contacted political leaders from DUP and Sinn Féin to “seek to clam the situation”.
“This sectarian slogan is a reprehensible attempt to divide workers and will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.
“Unite represents this workforce and they stand united against those who offer nothing positive.”
Alliance assembly member Stewart Dickson said it was “disgraceful”.
“This type of graffiti was designed to intimidate one particular section of our community when entering a certain area,” he said.
“But it has absolutely no place in our society and will not be tolerated.
“Those behind this graffiti are not representative of the vast majority of people, who will rightly find its message abhorrent.”
DUP MLA William Humphrey said: “Sectarian graffiti designed to intimate workers from the PUL community and deter them from working or seeking employment at Caterpillar’s west Belfast plant.
“Previous attempts to intimate Protestant workers at the plant failed. This will also fail.”
SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: “There is no impediment to anyone in this city working in west Belfast, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or their background.
“Workers in this part of Belfast have enough to contend with without turning on each other along sectarian lines.”
With many thanks to: The Irish News