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(en) Workers solidarity, 72 Sep. 2002 - That's capitalism

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 27 Sep 2002 02:53:31 -0400 (EDT)


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According to the latest UN Human development report
more than 30,000 children die every day from preventable
diseases, 113 million children are not receiving schooling,
and there are 854 million illiterate adults. Meanwhile the
richest 5% in the world have incomes 114 times greater
than the poorest.

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The same UN Human Development shows the 26 counties
having the highest level of poverty and the most unequal
society in the industrialised world after the USA. This
doesn't seem to bother the Dublin government who are
cutting over ¤100 million from their budgets as the ESB,
VHI, third level fees and accident & emergency charges are
all increasing, and new road tolls are on the way. 800 new
jobs in the health service will not be filled as the start of
McCreevy's spending freeze. At the same time the richest
10% of Irish society is 11 times wealthier than the poorest
10%.

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23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are poorer than they
were in 1975, with 47% of the sub-Saharan population is
living on $1 a day &endash; a figure unchanged since 1990

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One in two children in Northern Ireland are living in
poverty or at risk of poverty, according to a report by the
Save the Children charity. Nearly a third of children live in
households whose only income comes from benefits and a
further 18% of children live in households that claim
Working Family Tax Credit. One in six children do not
have a properly fitting pair of shoes, a warm coat and three
meals a day. Some of the worst poverty is faced by Traveller
families where children remain 10 times more likely to die
before the age of 10 than a child from the settled
community.

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Last year saw the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
ordered to pay a total of $27 million compensation to
300,000 (not a misprint!) former prisoners. They had been
detained beyond their release dates or wrongly jailed
because of "erroneous" warrants. So far, over 30,000 people
have filed claims.

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The new Southern Education Minister, Noel Dempsey, has
increased the standard maintenance grant for students by a
pathetic 5% -which does nothing about addressing the
huge difference between the real cost of attending college
and the amount received by students on the grant.
Meanwhile he also raised the student registration fees by
70% from ¤396 to ¤670. This can be seen as the
re-introduction of fees through the backdoor.


    This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers
  Solidarity'.  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html

We also provide PDF files of all our publications for you to print out
 and distribute locally http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html





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