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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #83 - That's Capitalism: Politicians Enjoy Another Work-Free Day in the Pub & 'Part-ner-ship' at work & Bare Breasts Can Seriously Damage Your Health & War Does Pay - For Some!

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Date Mon, 20 Dec 2004 11:31:26 +0100 (CET)


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--- Politicians Enjoy Another Work-Free Day in the Pub
Cork City Council certainly knew how to mark European Car Free Day.
Last year they did nothing at all. This year they have hired a coach to
transport councillors a mere 200 metres from City Hall to attend a nearby
function (or 'boozing session' to be more accurate).
--- Bare Breasts Can Seriously Damage Your Health
A law has been passed by the American congress, which was initiated after
the Janet Jackson Super Bowl incident. It's called the Broadcast Decency
Enforcement Act, and it covers TV and radio other than cable or satellite.
The fine/punishment for showing a bare breast or allowing bad language is
a lot more severe - up to $3,000,000 - than if an employer is found
knowingly allowing workers to work in an environment where their lives
are put at risk.

-- War Does Pay - For Some!

Haliburton, the company formerly headed by U.S. vice-president Dick
Cheney increased its profits in 2003 from $119m to $1,003m - an increase
of more than 800%. This massive increase is almost totally accounted for
by its contracts to service the U.S. military in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pentagon figures suggest Haliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root
has been paid about $4.5billion for support in Iraq and Afghanistan so far.

Source: Sunday Tribune 19th Sept. 2004

--- 'Partnership' at work

Ireland (i.e. the 'Republic') is now the most profitable country in the world
for U.S. corporations to do business in. Profits made here by U.S.
companies doubled from 1999 to 2002 from $13.4 billion to $26.8billion.
According to U.S. Treasury figures, U.S. multinationals made $2.01 profit
in Ireland in 2001 for every $1 they made in 1999. 'Social partnership' is
obviously working for some.

Source: Irish Times 17th Sept. 2004

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