This Saturday 26th November 2022 at 1pm in Parnell Square, Dublin, the Raise the Roof campaign will hold a National Rally for Housing. The event is supported by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and while I appreciate it is short notice, I would appreciate that you would, if possible, attend.
In requesting your support to join us on Saturday 26th November the need to fix our broken housing system and address this national emergency is paramount. We need a housing system that delivers secure and genuinely affordable homes for all who live and work in our society. One that protects people from eviction and homelessness and helps build thriving, inclusive communities. A housing system that delivers for workers, families and communities, not investment funds or developers.
Successive governments have failed to deliver on these vital rights. Instead, their policies have locked an entire generation out of the housing market, denying countless thousands any prospect of secure, independent living. No one has been left untouched by this failure: young workers, families, students, older people, children, women, Travellers, single parents, people with disabilities, people in direct provision. It is time we demanded new policies and measures to deliver the secure, affordable homes that are so desperately needed.
The Government and key State bodies must now step in to deliver:
– A State-led housing programme with a mandate to deliver affordable homes for all
– A new State body with responsibility for housing delivery
– Emergency measures to reduce homelessness and shorten time spent in emergency accommodation
– An end to ‘no fault’ evictions, a freeze on rents and long-term security for renters
– A legal Right to Housing.
It is vital that the voice of workers is heard on 26th November and that we join the growing chorus demanding real change on housing.
CWU members will assemble at the Garden of Remembrance at 12:45pm.
Join us and help deliver that change.
Raise the Roof Manifesto: A New Deal for Housing