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(en) Workers Solidarity #79 - Thats capitalism

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 30 Jan 2004 11:25:48 +0100 (CET)

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Health Service Shambles
Less than one third of the 12,000 cancer patients each year who require
radiotherapy in the 26 counties actually get it.
Education: for the Rich In 2001 UCD, the country's biggest university, had just
937 students whose parents were in semi-skilled or unskilled jobs. 8,354 students,
however, came from employer, professional and managerial backgrounds.
Screwed for Housing
According to Bank of Ireland chief economist Dan McLoughlin, in
1995 25.3% of an average wage was required to make payments on
a 25 year mortgage. Today that has gone up to 33.1%. Good for
profit hungry landowners and builders, and there is always a few
bob for corrupt politicians who look after getting the planning
permission. Nice to know that capitalism works exactly as it is
supposed to.

Accident? Too Bad!
30 workers died on building sites in the 26 counties between
January 2002 and last July. Just 8 of these were in the pension
scheme. At least 22 families were denied any compensation for the
death of their partners and fathers. It is unknown how many
workers who died off-site were not covered. Nor do we know how
many out of work through illness are not getting any benefits.

Criminal Employers
Employers are legally obliged to register their staff for the
Construction Pension Scheme. Yet at least 50,000 of the estimated
103,000 construction workers are not registered by their employers.
The bosses, both small builders and major firms, are pocketing the
money themselves. At least ¤35 million a year is being stolen, yet
not a single boss has ever been jailed.

MEPs - Top Notch Window-dressing
In the mid 90s a report into the European parliament estimated the
cost to the public for each sitting MEP for one year to be in the
order of ¤1,300.000 - that's right, well over a million euros per year
per MEP. The EU presidency is also set to cost the Irish taxpayer
well over ¤90 million. In return for all this money, we get to vote
every 5 years for an MEP who dissappears off to Brussels to talk a
lot of hot air and be ignored by all. What a deal!

Another FF councillor plays racist card

The Mongan family of Travellers in Miltown Malby, Co Clare had
their caravan burnt out. After spending time living under canvas
they were able to borrow another caravan to house their 11 family
members. Then they were offered a council house. But they turned
it down and moved 12 miles away to Lahinch.

Mr Mongen claimed he was threatened by three men who told him
to "get out of Miltown if you know what's good for you". Fianna Fail
councillor Michael Hillary said "That is welcomed. Miltown is not a
traditional area for Travellers and housing them in the Ballard
estate would not have been suitable".

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