Socio- Economic Discrimination: #Addthe10th Alliance

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ATD Ireland are part of an alliance called #addthe10th.  The purpose of this group is to have socio- economic status recognized as the tenth ground of discrimination in Irish equality legislation, namely the Equal Status Act and the Employment Equality Act.  The add the tenth alliance is made up of

  • All Together in Dignity Ireland,

There are currently nine grounds of discrimination set out in equality legislation including gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, membership of the Traveller community and race.  The exclusion of socio- economic status represents a significant gap, and those with an experience of poverty “constantly fall through the cracks” of equality legislation. – Community activist Andrew.

Those experiencing this form of discrimination currently have no way of seeking any form of legal redress and have no protection in the law.  Socio- economic discrimination can occur in many forms and can be experienced both individually and collectively.  It is often felt within public services, such as in healthcare, housing and accommodation, when seeking employment, education, social welfare or with the police.

Those with a lived experience also report everyday incidences of discrimination as a result of their accent, clothing, haircut, address, employment status, etc.  People report not being able to get a taxi to their home, being followed around in stores or being refused service in a restaurant.  The stigma and shame that results from discrimination has huge effects on mental health and wellbeing.  In addition, it can also enormously restrict a person’s life and opportunities

Current labour market practices, social welfare conditionality and neoliberal work- centric attitudes have gradually engendered barriers for those in, or approaching poverty, to rights and social inclusion”. – Addthe10th alliance.

The addthe10th alliance met with minister Roderic O’ Gorman in June 2021 and submitted a collective response to the government consultation for the review of the equality acts.


Support the campaign by using #Addthe10th on social media and posing with the ‘missing piece’ of equality legislation!

“Discrimination against people due to them living in poverty is wrong!!”

"Why exclusion?...Why not inclusion?"
"No matter where we come from- we all deserve to be treated equally and with the same love, respect, dignity and empathy on every level".
"One day as I was walking down the street I found a wrinkled up €10 on the ground. It looked like it was walked on and beaten down. I still picked it up and put it in my pocket because no matter how many people that walked on it , no matter how hard life had beaten it , it didn't lose value. That €10 was me, no matter how many people walked on me, I'm still worth something".
"To my mind it's obvious we are one human family, to be unjust to some is to be unjust to all".
"Everyone deserves to feel respected and be afforded the chance to live a full and dignified life regardless of their income or class background ...this legislation will help to ensure this is so".
"This legislation is so important because people experiencing poverty need understanding and support instead of distrust, stigma and discrimination. Enough sufferring already!"
"Poverty and socio- economic discrimination are shameful and need to end now!! The more conversations we have, the more we can challenge the perceptions and build wider understanding about the harsh realities of living in poverty.. Let's act together towards the deep changes our society needs".
"In this day and age, no one should be discriminated against."
"Everyone has human rights and everyone's rights need to be recognised".
"No to #discrimination on socio- economic grounds! Let's change the attitudes and actions that stigmatise and exclude people living in poverty. A law can help".
"This campaign is important because we are all in this together!"
"People dealing with poverty are the most affected daily by socio- economic discrimination. They are calling out for this to be added to the 9 grounds in Irish equality law, but they cannot do it alone. The #Addthe10th campaign needs the support of everyone in society. Join us".
"All human beings are born equal ! We need to fight to preserve everyone's rights !"
"We are all human beings and no one should be discriminated against because of their socio- economic status".
"I first met @ATDIreland when working with a self-help group in Ballymun over twenty years ago. I was impressed by the ATD culture of quietly working to improve the quality of life for those marginalised by society. I am delighted to be able to support their efforts".
"#Addthe10th Discrimination on the grounds of poverty is ever prevalent. It excludes, distances, stigmatises and restricts the ability to fully participate. We must work together to ensure that we leave no one behind #LNOB.We can do this by including those furthest behind first".
"People pay more attention to laws than to suggestions. Let's make it the law."
"It is extremely important to appoint this practice in Ireland as European courts have to protect us in law."
"Just do it ✔!!! End social discrimination in all its forms, if we don't who will?"
"In Ireland, the tribes are often identified by accent, location of residence, dress, etc., with free cautionary advice as to who we should associate with and it can be spotted with various actions as simple as activating a car door lock as one passes through a particular neighbourhood or the mimicking of an accent to demonstrate I am better than you."
"Fight against all forms of discrimination, including socio- economic discrimination."
"Peace is possible; stop discrimination and add the missing piece !!"
"I support adding the 10th alliance because it is important to create more awareness about socio-economic discrimination. It needs to stop now! "
"Legislation should come to support the efforts of the communities to build a world witout socio-economic discrimination"
"I support the campaign to #Addthe10th. End Socio-Economic Discrimination in Ireland".
"Couples shouldn't be judged for who they are or where they come from".
"People should not be judged for who they are or what they do. Don't judge a book by it's cover".
"Discrimination on socio-economic ground are the most invisible and not considered nowadays, #addthe10th and end this now!"
"Adding the 10th Act would be a significant step towards increasing societal awareness, raising consciousness and combatting the pervasive socio- economic discrimination in Ireland. I support the campaign- Add the 10th!" "A systematic issue like poverty requires a sytematic solution. A change to the constitution is merely the first step".
Trinity college second year social work students
Trinity college second year social work students
"The reality that people in poverty need to campaign to have the legal right not to be discriminated against is a sad reflection on our society".
" It is time to collectively work towards ending poverty and inequality, while working towards eliminating all forms of discrimination on both economic and social grounds".
"The Irish #AddThe10th #ZeroDiscrimination campaign supports a European momentum for the recognition of the #SocioEconomic ground of #Discrimination in an extended EU Charter of #FundamentalRights!"
"If we are serious about addressing inequality and poverty, we must eliminate discrimination on economic and social grounds"