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(en) Workers Solidarity #75 - Bin Tax Battle Enters New Phase

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2003 11:30:24 +0200 (CEST)


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The campaign against the bin tax is set to
enter a new phase before the summer as
the government brings forward new
legislation to give the Councils the power to
refuse to collect the bins of non-payers. The
politicians are obviously rocked by the
huge level of opposition to their attempts to
impose this double tax &endash; in South
Dublin, for example, where the bills for the
second year of the tax will arrive through
people's letterboxes shortly, up to 70% of
households are refusing to be bullied into
paying.

It is because of the huge levels of opposition that
the politicians are now changing the law. Up to
this the Councils were obliged to collect
everybody's rubbish whether or not they paid the
charge. This had come about as a result of a
successful Supreme Court challenge taken by a
member of the Cork campaign. Regular readers of
Workers Solidarity will recall reading about a
successful campaign waged by the Cork
Householders Against Service Charges when Cork
Corporation refused to empty the bins of
non-payers a couple of years ago.

Now the campaigns in Dublin and elsewhere are
set to enter a similar battle. If we are to be
successful in this battle, non-payers must organise
themselves into effective local campaign groups,
as constituent parts of the existing campaigns. In
every single area, meetings will be held by the
campaigns to discuss the tactics involved in
stopping Council attempts to use this new
legislation to leave the bins of non-payers
uncollected.

Strength in numbers

The strongest weapon in the campaigns' arsenal is
the massive strength in numbers involved, in so
many people standing together and refusing to
pay. This direct action tactic &endash; i.e. people
relying on their own strength and ability not on
that of any politician or political party &endash;
of non-payment has been successful in putting the
frighteners on the Councils and on the
government. It will be further direct action
tactics which will end the latest attempts to
browbeat us into paying.

The meetings held in all the areas will provide
everybody with the opportunity to participate in
the discussion about what form these tactics will
take. A leaflet currently being distributed by the
South Dublin Campaign Against Refuse Charges
outlines some of the tactics which might be used
as follows:-

" &endash; Appeals to workers through their
unions not to co-operate with the new legislation.

- Frustration of Council attempts to identify
non-payers e.g. if they put stickers on the bins of
non-payers we can remove them.

- Interruption of trucks which refuse to collect all
rubbish.

- Identification of areas in which uncollected
rubbish can be dumped.

- Organisation of teams to place uncollected
rubbish in the bin trucks.

- Bringing of uncollected rubbish to Council offices
or other such places which will increase the
pressure on Councillors and Council officials."

The important thing for everyone to remember is
that it IS possible to defeat the government on
this issue. It IS possible to force the Councils to
collect everybody's rubbish. And it IS possible to
defeat the government and force the abolition of
this double tax, just as the water tax was defeated
over five years ago.

For this to happen, however, it needs the
involvement of as many people as possible. That
means it needs YOUR involvement. Don't just sit
at home and wait for someone else to do it.
Instead get involved in the campaign in your local
area. Do your bit to help build the opposition. A
Campaign of people power WILL win. Get in
touch with the campaigns and get involved.

Gregor Kerr (member Co-ordinating Committee,
South Dublin Campaign Against Refuse Charges)
& Dermot Sreenan (Secretary of the Dublin
Anti-Bin Tax Campaign).

For details of the Campaign in your
area, ring Dermot on 087-6277606 or
Gregor on 087-6996046. Visit the
Campaigns' website at
www.stopthebintax.com

South Dublin Campaign Against
Refuse Charges, A.G.M., Sat. 12th
April, 2 &endash; 4 p.m., Green Isle
Hotel, Naas Rd. All members
welcome. Come along and discuss the
future strategy of the campaign. (If
you're not already a member you can
come anyway and join at the meeting.)

The Dublin City Anti-Bin Tax
Campaign is having it's Conference on
the same day Sat. 12th April
&endash;with registration taking place
at 10.30am in Liberty Hall. Please try
and get along as we need to have a
good conference in preparation for the
next battle in this campaign.




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

Print out the PDF file of this issue
http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf/ws/75.html

Print out the PDF file of the most recent issue
http://struggle.ws/wsm/ws/latest.html

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