UNITE has thrown its support behind the Right to Work campaign, a coalition of young unemployed, trade unions, workers, community groups and other parties looking to press for greater effort on jobs and services from the Irish government.
The Campaign will hold its first public rally on the evening of Tuesday, May 11th when thousands of young people and members of the public are expected to gather at the Garden of Remembrance ahead of a march through Dublin to Dáil Eireann. The theme of the Right to Work Campaign is ‘Enough is enough.’
The rally will be addressed by members of the Dublin fire fighters, Professor Kathleen Lynch of UCD, Janette Byrne of Patients together and Walter Cullen of Unite among others.
“This government has already poured €33 billion of our money into the banks,” said James O’Toole of the Right to Work Campaign and member of the UNITE Youth Forum. “They are slashing public services to pay for the bill and crippling our economy for generations to come.”
“We need to concentrate on the 500,000 people without a job in this country, 80,000 of who are aged under 25″
“We need to change economic policy, to enable these people become contributors through public works programmes as well as in private sector employment.”
“We have to reverse the policy of slash and burn, and start generating growth.”
“Members of the public need to express their views, to show passion in support of our and our future generations wellbeing in Ireland. The government is wrong and needs to be told from every home throughout this land.”
“Young people are being deprived of the ability to work in this country,” added Vanessa O’Sullivan of Youth against Dole Cuts.
“We have to show the drive to give young people a voice and let this government know that enough is enough.”
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