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(en) Workers Solidarity #76 - Anti-Bin Tax = tax dodger?

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 6 Aug 2003 09:06:13 +0200 (CEST)

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According to the latest figures less than 8% of waste
comes from our homes. Most waste dumped in landfills is
not domestic rubbish, but rather commercial, construction and agricultural waste.
Twenty years ago (in 1983) the Government put an extra
1% on workers' PRSI. This was to pay for local services,
after they abolished domestic rates. Under the agreement
reached in 1983, the councils were to be allocated money
from this extra 1% contribution. But you just can't trust
our rulers. Last year, for example, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council only got 48% of the
money owed to them under this agreement.

Since then they have been trying to make us pay twice for
services. We still pay the extra PRSI. To screw more
money out of us and fatten up those services they want to
privatise, we had the water charge. A long campaign of
mass non-payment and physically stopping cut-offs
forced the government to back down and abolish that

Now they are at it again with the bin tax. The government
reduces taxes on big business and their profits
(Corporation tax is now the lowest tax on profits
anywhere in the EU) and then tries to dip even deeper
into the pockets of working people. In Sligo, for example,
the refuse charge has shot up to ¤10 per bag - or over
¤500 per year.

Anyone who believes the government claims about the
bin tax being fair or necessary probably also believed
Charlie McCreevy when, just before last year's general
election, he said "no cutbacks whatsoever are being
planned, secretly or otherwise". Since the election the
¤10 billion Health Strategy has been shelved, and now
Dublin's Mater Hospital has to treat some of its patients
in the car park.

The pledge to end hospital waiting lists within two years
has been torn up, and former Minister for Education,
Michael Woods, was caught instructing his civil servants
to lie about the school building budget. Parents were
promised improvements to sub-standard schools, in order
to get their votes, when a decision not to go ahead had
already been taken.

In return for all the cutbacks we get charged more. The
TV licence rose by 40%, the tax on bank cards by 108%,
ESB bills by 13%, hospital charges by 26%, bus fares by
9%. Thanks to 'social partnership' our wages, on the other
hand, are only allowed to rise by 3% in the private sector
and nothing in the public sector until 2004.

The politicians (who are currently paying themselves an
extra ¤12,800 each for passing their local authority
seats to party colleagues, often family members), the big
farmers and the bosses don't hold back when it comes to
defending their interests. We should do the same, and no
better way to start than by telling them to stuff their bin

Alan MacSimoin

See also

* The campaigns against the Bin charges

This page is from the print version of the
Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.

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