These principles are the outcome of an extensive consultation process between individuals, community groups, trade unionists, political parties and independent representatives – all of whom have been involved in the anti-water charges movement. Approximately 150 detailed submissions were received and two separate conferences of 200 activists made amendments to the policies identified.
The purpose of this process is to help facilitate a new type of politics which will deliver a fairer Ireland for all. One that is based on the principles of democracy, equality and social justice. We have identified ten basic policy principles which we believe should be the minimum obligation for any progressive Irish government. The right to water, decent work, housing, health, debt justice, education, democratic reform, equality, a sustainable environment and national resources, are a priority for the people of Ireland.
The Right2Water Trade Unions have published a fiscal framework document which would allow for more than €9 billion in spending over four years. This increased spending would not only improve our public infrastructure, but would help to create a fairer, more equal society with greater investment in jobs as well as our health, education and housing systems which are consistently starved of resources. More information on this fiscal framework is available at www.right2change.ie or www.right2water.ie.
If we are to achieve our collective goal of a more egalitarian society based on the principles of democracy, equality and social justice, then we need everyone to play their part. The Right2Water Trade Unions will be bringing the Right2Change policies on a tour across the country in order to hear from you and ensure you have your say.
We believe the people of Ireland deserve and are entitled to much more than the current political system has delivered. We want an end to corruption and an end to cronyism. We want to empower people and promote solidarity, community spirit, respect and above all unity. Together we are stronger and together we can change our country.
All men [and women] are born with equal rights, and in associating to protect one another and share public burdens, justice demands that such associations should rest upon a basis which maintains equality instead of destroying it.
(Proclamation of the Irish Republic 1867)
The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally…
1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic
Download a pdf of the policy principles document here.