Details of a protest for tomorrow organised by the Unions Auckland Housing Action Committee.
The story we’re told in The Block is that if you work hard, then you will be successful. But this opportunity is only for four couples on The Block. Meanwhile the housing crisis remains and affects everybody else.
The housing crisis comes out of a profit-driven housing market. Building more houses (or renovating them) won’t solve the housing crisis unless these houses are truly affordable for everyone.
To buy a Block house a working person would need a deposit of more than $200,000 and mortgage repayments would be $1,085/week. Only a few people can afford these houses- meanwhile families are living in cars or garages.
This weekend The Block NZ is hosting its open house. When there is a housing crisis, and there are families living in garages and cars, do you think that its fair that a prime time TV show celebrates property speculation?
Come down and make your voice heard! Housing is for people, not profit.
And a Quote from Unite Union‘s Joe Carolan:
There is something deeply morally wrong about a small minority in our society making huge profits from non productive speculation, setting the economy up for a crash, whilst hard working people struggle to keep up with rack renting, never mind never being able to afford their own home. Unions have had enough of this, and we are going to build a movement to solve this problem like we did in the 1930s.