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(en) Workers Solidarity #79 - Wages Up 23 percent! (of course not - only the bin-tax jumps up like that)

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 6 Feb 2004 08:22:48 +0100 (CET)

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The anti-bin tax campaign fought a long, hard struggle in 2003
involving pickets, blockades in estates and outside depots. Many
activists were injuncted, and some brave people even went to jail
for having the sheer audacity to protest against the wishes of the
council. We succeeded in delaying Dublin City Council's attempt to
implement non-collection.
But the city officials aren't going to sit around forever. Sooner or
later they'll be back for round two. They signalled their intentions by
repeating their shenanigans of the year before by raising the tax by
another 23%. It's a pity they don't raise wages by 23%! So now
many of us are facing a larger bill for our public service and a
backlog of outstanding bills going back for three years. As the
French say, the more things change the more things stay the same.

The campaign has already achieved a result in making an issue out
of something that was previously ignored by the political parties.
We made some of the biggest news of the year by shutting down
the city's services. People flocked out of their houses and stopped
bin trucks. I've spoken to the workers in the depots and they are in
no doubt that privatisation is on the way if the council succeed in
getting us all to pay. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the trade union
leaders have not helped the workers carry the fight. Instead, they
have been busy undermining their own members' opposition to the
charges by denouncing the campaign in public and not supporting
bin workers when they refused to break the pickets in October.

Ultimately this last year has also brought some of the failings of the
campaign to light; at the last few blockades the fight was left to the
dedicated activists. To defeat the Council in their push for
privatisation of our services the campaign needs to recapture the
broader participation of the earlier days. If the campaign is to win
this year people have to take responsibility for getting involved in
their neighbourhoods and, just as importantly, at the central
co-ordination level.

This is your opportunity to put a halt to the Thatcher-like
privatisation of your services. Do not leave it up to others to defend
you from the future nightmare of having to pay private contractors
for your waste-collection, water, and whatever other ways that they
can successfully screw money out of us. This fight is too important
and we need you in order to slay the dragon of double-taxation.

by Dermot Sreenan
See also The campaigns against the Bin charges
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