Unions to lobby TDs on homelessness
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has launched a national lobbying campaign on the housing and homeless crisis, which will see delegations of union members meet with TDs in all constituencies across the country, including Wexford.
In the Wexford constituency, locally-based union members will seek meetings with James Browne, Michael Darcy, Paul Kehoe, Brendan Howlin and Mick Wallace. The lobby teams in all constituencies will comprise union members who live and work in the area and belong to trade unions affiliated to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Similar meetings are currently being organised for all constituencies across the country.
The Congress team will be seeking the support of TDs for the Congress Charter for Housing Rights, which sets out the agreed, national trade union position on the housing and homeless crisis. According to Congress General Secretary Patricia King, the housing and homeless crisis 'is the single biggest problem facing Ireland today and represents a policy failure of massive proportions. 'Thousands of families and young workers across the country are now unable to find affordable homes to rent or buy and record numbers are either homeless or on housing waiting lists', she said.'