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category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | news report author Wednesday October 08, 2003 21:33author by Des Derwin - Dublin Council of Trade Unionsauthor email dderwin at gofree dot indigo dot ie Report this post to the editors

The Dublin Council of Trade Unions will march (Parnell Square – Mountjoy Jail – Parnell Square) at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 11th October 2003 in protest against (1) double taxation and (2) the jailing of bin tax protestors.

DCTU Motion: see full story.

The Dublin Council of Trade Unions will march (Parnell Square – Mountjoy Jail – Parnell Square) at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 11th October 2003 in protest against (1) double taxation and (2) the jailing of bin tax protestors.

DCTU Motion: see full story.

The Dublin Council of Trade Unions will march (Parnell Square – Mountjoy Jail – Parnell Square) at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 11th October 2003 in protest against (1) double taxation and (2) the jailing of bin tax protestors.

All unions, trades councils, trade unionists, bin tax campaigns, community organisations, residents associations, and organisations and individuals opposed to double taxation are urged to support this march. Bring banners.

Speakers: Jack O’Connor (SIPTU), Eamon Devoy (TEEU), Mick O’Reilly (ATGWU), Sam Nolan (DCTU) and Ruth Coppinger (Fingal Anti-Bin Tax Campaign). Chair: Tom Ryan (DCTU).

Note time: 12.00 noon (due to match).

The following is the Motion passed at the delegate meeting of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions on Tuesday 7th October. One union (PSEU) spoke against the Motion which was, however, passed by all delegates with two abstentions.

“The Council condemns the imposition of Domestic Service Charges as unjust and a form of double taxation that particularly hurts PAYE workers and the disadvantaged; deplores the jailing of any person involved in peaceful protest and calls for the immediate release of persons so imprisoned, and resolves to coordinate an immediate campaign of protest, coordinated with other Trades Councils throughout the country at a date and a time to be determined by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions with a view to ending this inequitable form of taxation in our society, providing for proper funding of Local Government Services and opposing the privatisation of them.

That the Council will organise a demonstration, condemning double taxation and the jailing of bin tax protestors, to commence at Parnell Square at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 11th October.”

author by Far and Away (Kidman not Cruise)publication date Wed Oct 08, 2003 22:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

KEVIN MACLOUGHLIN of the Socialist Party in Ireland spoke to "the socialist" on the escalating anti-bin tax struggle and the campaign to free Socialist Party representatives Joe Higgins TD (MP) and councillor Clare Daly, jailed for their part in the movement.

A decisive stage in the struggle
"THE PROTESTS against the bin tax are now moving in a more decisive way in all the four local authority areas in Dublin. At present Fingal is where the battle is centred. This is because of a coordinated attempt by the government, we believe, - part of a waste management plan hatched in 1999. They thought that by attacking the Fingal campaign first and breaking resistance to the tax there it would enable the tax to be introduced throughout Dublin.

At the same time the authorities are trying to implement non-collection of untagged rubbish in the other areas but only in a very limited form, mainly in the more affluent areas where non-payment is very low. Obviously they are scared of implementing non-collection in working class communities. It's a policy of divide and rule.

Fingal council were hoping that the protest would fizzle out but that hasn't happened. Bin trucks are blockaded when they go out to collect rubbish. And now people are forcing their rubbish into the trucks.

The first county council meeting of Fingal will convene in a week. There will be a huge lobby for that meeting. Our tactics are to put the blame for uncollected rubbish squarely on the council and also to massively increase the pressure on the politicians at that meeting (see Motion calls on Fingal County Council to end its policy of non collection).

Using the courts
THE OTHER approach of the councils is to overcome direct action protest by using the courts as a way of intimidating people. That's why in all the council areas they've got injunctions against any protests. And that's why Joe and Clare were jailed.

Either the campaign stands firm or they will intimidate people and succeed in imposing this unfair tax. So the example of Clare and Joe has inspired people to make a stand too.

The use of the courts and the injunctions against this type of campaign has not been seen for many years. It's a direct attack on the right to protest. But these measures haven't stopped the protests.

Significantly there are 25 residents from Finglas in the Dublin City council area who are due in court for committal proceedings - meaning that they will be fined or sent to prison or possibly have the cases against them dropped. But a number of them will not purge their contempt of court injunctions and will stand firm. This is an important trial of strength between the campaign and the authorities.

Also in South Dublin county council this week there will be a blockade of the bin trucks depot to halt the entire collection service, again in defiance of a High Court injunction. This action follows the near unanimous vote last Sunday evening at a campaign meeting of 250 people in South Dublin.

To resist the authorities' divide and rule tactic we're trying to organise co-ordinated action amongst all the four areas, even if in some of those areas the councils aren't organising generalised non-collection. If these blockades are widespread then it makes it far harder for the police and authorities to intervene.

Trade union support
IMPORTANTLY, FOR the first time, official action is being organised in the trade unions. A demo is planned for next Saturday (11 October) in Dublin city centre marching to Mountjoy prison where Joe and Clare are being held. This shows the growing pressure for action within the unions' ranks (see Fingal Anti Bin Tax Campaign press release).

If more people are committed to prison then we have to demand industrial action to counter this intimidation by the state.

The longer this campaign goes on then politicians will be reflecting on the prospects of next years' elections. Also the government are introducing cuts, possibly axing 5,000 civil service jobs in December's budget, and increasing charges for various services.

This is a defining struggle in Ireland coming as it does on the cusp of going into a period of recession and crisis. Our struggle has captured people's imagination of what is possible to bring about social change."

author by Degeneratepublication date Thu Oct 09, 2003 10:56author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Who were the two abstainees?

author by pat cpublication date Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

let them know of your disgust:

Dan Murphy General Secretary PSEU
Tel: 6767271
email: dmurphy@pseu.ie

author by Des Derwinpublication date Thu Oct 09, 2003 13:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

No one voted against the Motion. A PSEU delegate spoke against it. He abstained in the vote. I don't know which Union the second abstainer represented.

 
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