Support major Raise the Roof rally Dublin Saturday May 18

13 May 2019

May 18 Housing Rally

Congress is strongly urging union members to come out on Saturday, May 18 and give strong support to the Raise the Roof initiative for a mass rally in Dublin in protest at the ongoing and worsening housing emergency. The rally will start at Parnell Square at 1pm.

In recent days, Fr Peter Mc Verry has described the housing situation as one that has morphed from “a crisis to catastrophe” and most experts believe it will worsen in the short to medium term unless there is a dramatic change in official policy.

This multi-faceted emergency extends across all levels of the housing sector and affects virtually all sectors of society: workers, families, women, students, pensioners, travellers, and many others.

As part of  Raise the Roof campaign, Congress has put forward clear solutions to this crisis, such as the urgent need to build more public housing and to create a legal right to housing, which already exists in some 80 countries worldwide. A petition in support of the Right to Housing is available at this link: https://www.ictu.ie/raisetheroofpetition

General Secretary Patricia King said “huge numbers of young workers and their families now find themselves locked out of the housing market, unable to either buy or rent an affordable place to live. Housing is no longer seen as a human right but as a plaything of speculators and developers".

“Therefore I believe it is imperative that affiliate unions do their utmost to ensure we have as many members as possible on the May 18 rally to send a clear signal to the government that a radical shift in housing policy is needed in order to bring this intolerable situation to an end,” Patricia King said.