IMPACT Members Take to the Streets
From October to December members of the Boards and Voluntary Agencies have attended a number of protests and demonstrations highlighting issues affecting workers.
Several protests were attended in support of Clerys workers and a large number of IMPACT members also took to the streets for the national demonstration on the housing and homeless crisis.
Following a call from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, a number of demonstrations were held to highlight concerns around the Clerys dispute. From 27th October 2015, for four consecutive Tuesdays, protests were held in Kildare Street, outside the offices of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Demonstrators called for a change in company law to make sure that other workers can’t lose their jobs in the same way in the future.
Housing and Homeless Crisis
On Tuesday December 1st a large contingent of IMPACT members attended the national demonstration on the housing and homeless crisis. IMPACT joined with other trade unions, homeless charities, political parties and community groups outside the GPO to call for emergency measures to deal with the crisis. Several hundred people attended the event which was held on the first anniversary of the death of Jonathan Corrie, who was found dead near Leinster House the previous December.
IMPACT has been campaigning for practical solutions to homelessness for a number of years. Despite pressure from campaigners, we are unfortunately facing into another Christmas season where increasing numbers of people (and particularly families) are homeless, and many more are squeezed into poverty due to exorbitant rental prices and hikes.