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(en) On the Frontline - Resistance #23 AF (Ireland)

From Al S <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Fri, 23 May 2003 16:15:02 +0200 (CEST)

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> Water, Fire and a bit of Wind
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Water
charges in the north could be in place by 2005 (under
EU law Northern Ireland needs to have a charge for
water by 2010). But what are the water charges?
Until now we have been permitted the privilege of
drinking water through payment of household rates (the
rate we pay is currently under review but likely to go
up). A separate water charge will essentially involve
paying twice for something which we already pay for
once. This is nothing short of double-taxation which
will, as usual, affect low-income families the most.
Charges are likely to amount to as much as £250 per
household, and this for a service, which according to
the General Consumers’ Council (GCC), loses 37% of
treated water every year through the failings of the
current pipe network. The charges will lead to more
privatisation, and the further decrease in the
standard of drinking water.

What is needed is a campaign of resistance to prevent
the new charges from being imposed on us against our
wishes, or a widespread refusal to pay the new charges
if they are. This should be organised along non-party
and non-hierarchical lines and coordinate at local
levels across our community. Non-payment, and any
other means of direct action, is the only language big
business understands.

Meanwhile, the fire-fighters dispute rumbles on,
despite desperate attempts by the Union bureaucrats to
bring about a humiliating ‘settlement’ and deliberate
morale weakening statements from the same.

At a Brighton Conference delegates voted to reject the
16% offer recommended by the executive and setting up
the very real prospect of ‘rebel strikes’ once the War
is over - clearly sticking two fingers up to the FBU
chiefs whose mishandling of the dispute has
highlighted the danger of relying on well-paid
representatives to fight our battles - they’ve more in
common with the bosses across the table than the


>From the pages of Resistance #23, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation

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