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(en) Ireland, Working Class Resistance #10 - Water Charges and Privatisation delayed until April 2007

Date Thu, 22 Dec 2005 08:57:38 +0200

Government plans to implement Water Charges and privatise the
Water Service has been put back again, this time to April 2007.
Ineptitude, opposition and a desire to dissipate growing resistance may
all play their part in the further delay. The most damaging aspect of
this announcement is that it becomes harder to focus attention on the
issue and build effective resistance.
We have however been handed the time to build the infrastructure
needed for an effective non-payment campaign when the legislation is
finalised, the billing systems put in place and the first bills printed.
Significantly members of the north's largest union NIPSA, voted
to endorse non-payment at their recent annual conference in
Newcastle County Down. While the trades union led coalition are
collecting signatures for a petition against water reform and charges
we believe that a more pro-active and imaginative approach is also
needed in order to help build opposition.
Many are placing faith in persuading our local politicians to oppose the
charge, something that is pretty easy for them to do while they
aren't actually sitting at Stormont but we can't forget that all
the Assembly parties were involved in putting water reform and
charges on the political agenda the last time round.

From the Pages of Working Class Resistance, magazine of


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