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(en) Anti-water charge leafletting, Portadown -Organise!* (Ireland)

From Al <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Mon, 30 Aug 2004 06:06:36 +0200 (CEST)

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Members of the Organise! Armagh and Down local
distributed ant-water charge leaflets outside Tescos
yesterday (August 28 2004) between 1.00 and 3.00 pm.
(see below for text of leaflet) - Al
organisearmagh_down@yahoo.ie http://www.organiseireland.org
The government is planning to introduce water charges on April 1st 2006.
·Why should you pay for water? It falls from the sky!
·We cannot afford to pay for our water twice. We
already pay for it under our existing rates!
·Government plans to impose water reform will mean
massive job losses, the running down of services and
the introduction of charges for water use.
·The government has stated that privatisation is not
an option, but ALL the options being looked at are
privatisation by different means.
·The Water Service aim to cut 350 jobs initially and
to centralise work. The total number of jobs lost
could be up to 900. Job losses and centralisation of
services will further erode services in outlying and
rural districts.
·The charging regime is likely to be based on property
value so it will be the less well-off who will be hit
Meanwhile the new Water Services boss is on a salary
of £150 000 plus bonuses to ensure he pushes it

Make Implementation Impossible

We have to take matters into our own hands and make
charging for water, job cuts and privatisation
impossible for the government to implement. We make
no bones about calling for non-payment of charges. We
do not believe meters are an option: they will only
result in the poorest and most needy in our society,
those who can least afford to pay, policing their own
usage and doing without essential water. We must
build a mass campaign, in our local areas, based on
direct action, mass non-payment and our common class

The poll tax and more recently attempts to impose
water charges in the south were both defeated by mass
direct action and non-payment. Only such a campaign
will defeat the water charges here.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved, contact us
at ‘No To The Water Tax’: PO Box 523, Craigavon BT62
1YA, tel: 07732954843 or ‘Communities Against The
Water Tax’, 54 Manor St, Belfast BT14 6EA, tel: 028
9074 9147 (email cawt@btconnect.com)
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