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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax Friday February 20, 2015 16:34 by anti-austerity alliance
The Anti-Austerity Alliance has today condemned the jailing of anti-water meter protestors at the behest of Denis O’Brien’s company GMC Sierra.
Over 100 separate local demonstrations took place today (Sat Nov 1st) against the Water Charges and for the Right 2 Water. Organisers estimate conservatively that over 150,000 were out on the streets today to send a message to this government that they won't accept paying for water twice and having it privatised later.
Press statement - Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT) 11 Feb 2013
Aaron Nolan (aged 19, now in hospital):
Embedded Video Description: Arrests in South Dublin County Council of peaceful protesters
The Dublin City campaign organises to protect the bin service
The Indymedia newswire has seen reports from anti-bin tax actions in Drimnagh, Finglas and Ringsend and next Monday evening the first city wide protest of 2006 has been called at City Hall. The councillors will be voting on an emergency motion regarding the non-collection of bins, announced by the city manager three weeks ago, against the vote of the council. Across the city as the council starts to leave rubbish behind, groups are being organised to clear this up in the cold January weather. GAA and Labour clubs, pubs and even the cold streets are seeing meetings taking place as lists of bin collections are drawn up and the Dublin City Anti Bin tax campaign starts to act.
dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax Sunday August 07, 2005 12:46 by Mark P. (Socialist Party/Personal Capacity)
One of the most significant struggles to affect working class people in Ireland in recent years took place in the autumn of 2003. This battle was between the anti-bin tax campaigns and the combined power of the four councils covering the whole of Dublin, the Fianna Fail/PD coalition government and the Irish state. The battle against the bin tax exploded in September 2003 and was a dominant national issue for the rest of the year.
This peak of the ongoing campaign against the bin tax saw households across Dublin refusing to pay the charges, thousands of people taking to the streets, dozens of blockades of bin trucks and 22 people imprisoned. It also saw considerable disagreements emerge amongst different elements within the campaigns. The most visible of these disagreements was over the issue of blockading bin trucks in other areas of Dublin when the struggle in Fingal was underway. The Fingal Campaign and many activists in the rest of Dublin believed that it was necessary to escalate direct action across the entire city. Some others, particularly some forces within the City Council campaign, felt that doing so would be rash.
The Socialist Party, which has played a very prominent role in the anti-bin tax campaigns, has produced a lengthy document outlining what it sees as the key elements of these disagreements. This is not a straightforward historical account of the struggle. It attempts to record the main developments in the battle against the bin tax, deal with the role of socialists in the campaign and to draw lessons for future campaigns.
“The differences of approach that emerged relate directly to what is the best way to build campaigns and conduct struggles. They also relate to the role that socialists should play in the rebuilding of the working class movement, which everybody agrees will be a vital issue in the years ahead. The issues re-surfaced again in the build up to the local elections in June 2004 and have continued on the bin tax and around the debates on how and when to establish a new left party for working class people. The differences are current and very relevant and undoubtedly will come up again and therefore need to be clarified.”
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Thousands march to oppose water charges on April 8th in Dublin - Report 21:01 Mon 10 Apr 0 comments
This is a repost of a report by the WSM on the Water Charges protest last Saturday April 8th.
Dublin protest to force the government to back down and scrap water charges sees 1000s on streets 23:45 Thu 22 Sep 0 comments
The Irish government's attempt to introduce domestic water charges in Ireland is not going well. In fact, for them it's been a disaster because it's sparked off a huge upsurge in working class self organisation and direct action. Last Saturday 17th Sept, saw thousands of anti-water charges campaigners flooding the streets of Dublin o to again voice their opposition to Irish Water & water charges and as a show of strength for the movement.
TDs & Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin demand end to water meter installation & political policing as two... 22:28 Wed 11 May 3 comments
A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people.
Political Trial Against Water Protestors Begins Today 22:58 Mon 02 Nov 0 comments
The political trial of 18 people who delayed Joan Burton in her car began today. It is an escalation in the attempt to demonise and vilify an entire community for rejecting the Labour Party.
Garda smash glass door in woman's face protesting against water charges at Fingal Co Co 00:15 Tue 14 Apr 2 comments
Garda have attacked an occupation of Fingal council offices by water charges protesters causing injuries like the one pictured.
Paul Murphy TD arrested on trumped up charges designed to discredit Anti-Water Charges campaign 11:36 Mon 09 Feb 3 comments
After the relatively large turn-out to the Anti-Water charges protests over a week ago on Saturday the 31st, the government is worried that their propaganda hasn't worked as well as it should so in response they have launched a new dirty tricks campaign to discredit the Anti-Water charges campaign. They are using the same strategy as that used in the Corrib Gas issue in Mayo over the past decade where the strategy was to criminalise the protests in the eyes of the public.
RNU force Stormont to ban water meters: A victory for the working class! 14:13 Fri 28 Nov 0 comments
RNU have forced Stormonts regional development minister to amend the law to ban water meters being installed.
RNU discover water meter in Belfast 12:17 Sat 25 Oct 1 comments
Republican Network for Unity activists discovered water meters in Belfast despite NI Water denying their installation.
Blockades of Water Meter installations in Cork and Dublin 23:07 Fri 25 Apr 0 comments
Opposition to water charges has taken the Direct Action route with residents in a Cork housing estate preventing workers from Irish
Govt publishes: The Water Services Bill 22:56 Fri 11 Jan 2 comments
The government has published The Water Services Bill 2013 that gives it power to impose a Water Tax from Jan 1st 2014. The Bill has yet to go through the Dail for possible minor amendments. The Bill will handle our public water resources and infrastructure over to a private company that will be able to extract what essentially amounts to a form of rent for providing a basic need like water. The tax will cost at least €500+ a year although naturally the government has played down this figure.
The Irish water charges movement Jan 25 0 comments
A working paper on the water charges movement now available online for comment and discussion.
The Anti-Water Charges May 09 0 comments
All taxation is bourgeois!
People Before Profit Alliance Mar 04 0 comments
Total abolition of water charges...
Right2Change: The Theft of the Commons Feb 17 0 comments
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.’ An affirmation that should, by now, be familiar to most of us.
Potential of movement against water charges. Nov 24 1 comments
Tens and tens of thousands of Irish workers and youth have taken to the streets and confronted the government and the state. What is the nature of this movement and what is its potential? Should it just be seen as a movement to bring down this government and replace it with another government. Or should it be seen as having the potential to bring down the system and replace it with another system.more >>
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Anarchists on the anti-water charges national demonstration - Sep 17th Sep 12 0 comments
September 17th sees the next major national march against the 'we can't believe they are not dead already' water charges. We respect that many anarchists will be marching with their local groups but for those who are not we thought it would be good to have an anarchist bloc and march together, everyone can then meet up at the end.
AAA-PBP Motion calls for Ministerial order to cap charges and reinstate waivers for low income families
Urging a high turnout at Saturday’s Right2Water protests, Campaign says household Water Charges are ... Jan 20 Right2Water 0 comments
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’.
SIPTU and TEEU local authority water workers vote for industrial action Nov 22 0 comments
SIPTU and TEEU local authority members working under the management of Irish Water have today (Friday, 20th November) overwhelmingly voted for industrial action to prevent the privatisation of the public water service. Last month, Irish Water said that it intended reduce the local authority workforce in the company by up to 1500 by 2021. The unilateral announcement was in breach of the Service Level Agreement reached with trade union representatives in 2013 which obliged the company to consult with them in relation to any proposed changes in staffing numbersmore >>