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category dublin | bin tax / household tax / water tax | news report author Friday October 17, 2003 15:04author by Dermo - WSM, Steering Committee of Dublin Anti Bin Tax Campaignauthor email comrade at imaounk dot com Report this post to the editors

What's really going on in the city is not
what you'll read in the papers. A good sized march of over 500 people took place
last night. People assembled in Cabra outside
the Bingo hall and marched down the New Cabra
Road towards Mountjoy prison where there is still ten brave anti-bin tax protesters incarcerated there.

The march was a noisy affair and was massively supported by the passing motorists, truck drivers
and bus drivers as they passed us by in the other lane. At the Prison there were a number of brief speeches from members of the Cabra Committee
against the bin tax. There were cheers of support and solidarity from the crowd to the
prisoners inside.

There is a major meeting planned for St. Finbarrs
GAA club in Cabra on Tuesday night and all are
encouraged to attend in the area.

What's really going on in the city is not
what you'll read in the papers. A good sized march of over 500 people took place
last night. People assembled in Cabra outside
the Bingo hall and marched down the New Cabra
Road towards Mountjoy prison where there is still ten brave anti-bin tax protesters incarcerated there.

The march was a noisy affair and was massively supported by the passing motorists, truck drivers
and bus drivers as they passed us by in the other lane. At the Prison there were a number of brief speeches from members of the Cabra Committee
against the bin tax. There were cheers of support and solidarity from the crowd towards the
anti-bin tax prisoners inside. The campaign is growing stronger all the time despite the lies in the media and the hype by the state trying to make us out to be some kind of unrepresentative outlaws. The unrepresentative ones are in the dail who coninue to pursue policies that make
the PAYE workers pay more whilst their friends in
big business hold off shore accounts and avoid taxes.

There is a major meeting planned for St. Finbarrs
GAA club in Cabra on Tuesday night and all are
encouraged to attend in the area.

After that I went to a pub quiz on Stoneybatter which was well attended and much needed money
was raised for the campaign.

Despite the State jailing people, injuncting people, spreading lies about us in the media, the
councils lying, the campaign is still alive and kicking back against this double-tax. The campaign represents the views of working class people and it is doing everything in it's power
to stop the councils from withdrawing
the service and ultimately privatising it.

The bin workers (some of whom attended the
march last night) know where all this is leading and their support is evident.

Together we will win this war against the Bin-tax and we will put a halt to the
rampant gallop of Fianna Fail and the PD's towards privitisation of all our public services.

author by Anonymouspublication date Fri Oct 17, 2003 17:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

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author by f.leddypublication date Fri Oct 17, 2003 18:05author email fearghalleddy at yahoo dot comauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

dermo, why isn't your e-mail working? If you've made a mistake with it...can you send me the correct version (or another e-mail that definitely works)?

author by Chekovpublication date Fri Oct 17, 2003 18:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

comrade@imapunk.com

author by Ianpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2003 14:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors


After the march from the Garden of Rememberance to Mountjoy a week or so go back, the officer board informed us that this was only the start of a campaign to defeat the bin tax.

Can somebody inform me of what progress has been made in that campaign to date?

The reason I ask is that I along with a lot of other campaigners are repeatedly asked in our communities 'what are the unions doing'?
It would also seem that ICTU in particular can rush out to condemn protestors but is pretty slow to get its act together to condemn non-collection.

Working class communities before the business community.

author by Alan - SWPpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2003 14:44author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The union leadership are doing as little as possible to help the campaign. It's far too radical for their liking since most of them are in the labour party. Most union members are supportive of the campaign. Union leaders want to muzzle the campaign or at least be seen to be with
it while doing nothing on the ground.
Union leaders are tied into partnership so as a result don't want to upset the bosses and govt.
The disgraceful behaviour of union reps should also be noted. Instructing workers to drive trucks out of depots when pickets are outside.
While the response from the workers is fantastic
considering the threats they've had to put up with.
I wonder what Larkin and Connolly would make of
it all?

author by the wall with a ladderpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2003 14:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Can you expect it to be anything more than tokenism?

Like a state religion they are tools of suppresion.
They will not come ridding to the rescue of anyone but themselves and their power of control over the working class.

People should be ready to orginise without them and despite them.

author by Jonahpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2003 15:01author address author phone Report this post to the editors

On the admittedly slim off-chance that the Dublin Council of Trade Unions isn't paying as close attention to Indymedia as it should, might you not be better off directing this question at them?

author by my nappy getting damper.publication date Tue Oct 21, 2003 15:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

let them know how you feel.

Related Link: http://indymedia.manX.org
author by Canteen Kevinpublication date Wed Oct 22, 2003 14:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

...it was a great turnout and atmosphere. The free Staters were looking shocked and subdued at the size of the crowd. I'll never forget the sight of one young Garda looking down on the march from the second floor window of the cop shop. He was half-cowering beside the window, aware that he was probably supposed to ignore us but looked fascinated and amazed by the size of the march. His eyes were bulging with mystification and his facial expression seemed to read "oh no! not again!"

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