Workers and Unemployed Action
|Headquarters||56 Queen Street,|
|National affiliation||United Left Alliance (2010–2012)|
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Workers and Unemployed Action (WUA; Irish: Grúpa Gníomhaíochta na n-Oibrithe is iad atá Dífhostaithe) is an Irish political party based in Clonmel in South County Tipperary, set up in 1985 by Séamus Healy. WUA had one Teachta Dála (TD) until 2020 and has endorsed and seen a number of its members elected to the South Tipperary County Council, Tipperary County Council, and Clonmel Borough Council.
The organisation was set up in response to lack of employment and the economic situation in the South Tipperary area.
In the 2000 Tipperary South by-election, Séamus Healy was elected to the Dáil for Tipperary South, running as an independent candidate. At the 2002 general election, Healy was re-elected. Phil Prendergast was elected mayor of Clonmel in 2003.
In 2007, Prendergast left and joined the Labour Party after being headhunted to stand at the 2007 general election against Healy, but neither of them were elected. However, Prendergast was nominated to run for the Seanad and was elected. The party was recognised by the Dáil registrar of political parties in September 2008.
At the 2009 local elections, Martin Henzey was returned on Carrick-on-Suir Town Council, while Séamus Healy, Pat English, Billy Shoer and Theresa Ryan were elected to Clonmel Borough Council. Healy and English were elected to South Tipperary County Council, for the Clonmel electoral area.
The party joined the United Left Alliance which was founded in November 2010, and fielded Séamus Healy in Tipperary South at the 2011 general election. Séamus Healy was the first deputy elected for South Tipperary at the 2011 general election.
As a result of Healy's election to the 31st Dáil, Billy Shoer was co-opted to South Tipperary Country Council and Helena McGee was co-opted to Clonmel Borough Council.
In 2015 it signed up to the Right2Change agreement.
In November 2017, the Standards in Public Office Commission stated that some statements of accounts had been received from the WUA, but they were found not to be compliant because the accounts were not audited. It decided against appointing a public auditor as the WUA did not receive any funding from the exchequer.
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