Date Released: 26 May 2016
SIPTU members will join the march by the National Homeless and Housing Coalition which is taking place on Saturday (28th May) in Dublin to highlight the need for government action to end the housing crisis.
The march which is being supported by a broad range of organisations, political parties and unions will begin at 2.00 p.m. at the Custom House, Dublin 1, and end with a rally outside the GPO on O’Connell Street.
SIPTU National Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: "Decades of under-investment have resulted in Local Authority housing lists growing to beyond 100,000. This has resulted in ever increasing numbers of individuals and families finding themselves either homeless or at risk of homelessness.
“Homelessness denies people their human dignity. High rents and unsustainably high house prices have also impacted harshly on the living standards of many workers, particularly those in low and middle income families.”
She added: “Housing is a human rights issue and a trade union issue. We are urging SIPTU members to take part in this important protest. We also urge the Government, and all of the political parties represented in the Oireachtas, to provide the leadership needed to resolve the housing crisis.”