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SWP rally tonight - ask them about SIPTU?

category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | news report author Wednesday October 29, 2003 20:41author by SIPTU hack Report this post to the editors

There is an SWP rally organised tonight on the bin tax issue. Given that they are claiming that their man in SIPTU, Derek Delaney, is "the anti-bin tax candidate" this would seem to be the perfect opportunity to ask them what they think they are playing at.


Socialist Worker Rally: 8pm Wednesday 29th October, Wynns Hotel, Middle Abbey Street.

Speakers: Brid Smith (Jailed Bin Tax Protester), Shay Ryan (Co-ordinator Ringsend Anti Bin Tax Campaign)

author by Johnpublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 00:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The SWP didn't even notify the other bin tax prisoners of the meeting!

author by Another Johnpublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 00:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Aw would ye leave them alone, they're entitled to hold a bloody meeting!

author by sirapublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 01:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors


author by Walt Disneypublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 09:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If I was asked to make a movie about the upcoming VP election for SIPTU, like all the other SWP front projects I would do something highly original.

On this project I would take one bin worker plucked from obscurity, let him become a martyr in his job for refusing to implement non-collection and hey presto a well known candidate loved and admired by all anti-bin tax campaigners.
Who knows it just might work. Forget the politics, it's all about publicity baby.

author by .publication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 11:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What depot is derek delaney working in?

author by Sour Carolinepublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 12:57author address author phone Report this post to the editors

If anyone attends that SWP rally on bin tax they should ask why they oppose blockades now that non collection is being extended accross all areas. In DLR they refused to support a blockade of the Sandyford depot today, they also tried to hamper blockades this week in the estates in DLR.

Why is this? Are there any state agents in the leadership of the SWP? Are you supporting the Council's non collection tactic? Why do nothing when your neighbours bin are not being collected?

author by Jennypublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 14:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

You might also ask how RBB can carry out the duties of DLRATBT Chair, Save DL Baths Chair, IAWM Chair. No one person could do all these jobs and at the same time lead the SWP. He is treating the campaigns with contempt and just using the positions to raise his own profile.

author by Curiouspublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 18:02author address author phone Report this post to the editors

How many came to the rally last night? How did it compare to the 500 strong SP event?

author by Satisfyingpublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 18:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Between 55 and 60 people attended last night.

author by 'Bintifada'publication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 18:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I think that the SWP's use of the term 'bintifada' shows alot about them. It shows up that they are not taking the whole thing seriously. It shows up their immature politics and their crass sloganeering.

PS: If ye are making a link between the Intifada and the bin tax battle, in Palestine would you propose that the oppressed Palestinian people 'meet and greet' the Israeli soldiers when they come to attack people?

author by arf arfpublication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 19:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the SWP has shown that they are 'International Socialists' meaning: more interested in the Global than the Local - and address the Local in the context of the Global.

All fine, but they shouldn't expect local citizens to be interested in their dogma.

author by sp member (personal capacity)publication date Thu Oct 30, 2003 20:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Although I dissagre with the politics of the swp I want to say well done brid for the stand you took on the bix tax.

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