Date Released: 22 September 2014
The SIPTU Dublin District Council has launched ‘A Vision for Dublin 2020 – Improving Our City’, a document which sets out five priority areas on which union members will campaign over the coming years to improve the city.
Launching the document in Liberty Hall on Tuesday (16th September), SIPTU Dublin District Council chairman, Jack McGinley, said: “This document sets out the union’s priorities for Dublin over the next six years. It is our plan that this document will begin a discussion for SIPTU members and progressive activists throughout Dublin on how we can together improve our city”.
The five priorities set out in ‘A Vision for Dublin 2020’ are; increasing employment and skills training opportunities; opposing privatisation and protecting jobs; actively campaigning for decent wages and a living income; providing adequate housing and rented accommodation to tackle the crisis in the city; protecting and maintaining community based services and jobs in Dublin.
SIPTU Dublin District Council activist, David Connolly, said: “It is hoped that the vision set out in this document will help mobilise and energise SIPTU members in Dublin into campaigns to improve the city. It will mean the union engaging with community and civic groups who share our aim of advancing the conditions and prospects for all Dublin’s residents.
“These campaigns will also seek to build solidarity between communities and workers who engage in industrial disputes as they attempt to further the overall agenda of our union”.
The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Larry O’Toole, addressed the launch of the document in Liberty Hall saying that he welcomed the move by SIPTU to “engage communities and local representatives in the process of improving Dublin”.
Independent councillor, Cieran Perry, and Labour councillor, Dermot Lacey, also attended the event along with trade union activists from across the city.