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(en) Ireland, Workers Solidarity #87* - That's capitalism

Date Sun, 31 Jul 2005 08:45:46 +0300

Includes Money for Bertie's make-up, Money for Bankers, Money for
Management, Money for Nothing but No money for starving children
Money for Bertie's make-up
Bertie Ahern is spending more money than the average
industrial wage on make-up, and it's all at the taxpayers'
expense. Ahern has spent a staggering ¤167,000 on looking
good since becoming Taoiseach. Figures from his department
reveal he is spending ¤550 a week on his appearance.
Taxpayers' money spent on Ahern's appearance could have:

* Hired four extra nurses to alleviate overcrowding in A&E
* Housed eight homeless people in hostels.
* Paid for nursing home care six elderly people for a year.

Money for Bankers

The Bank of Ireland has disclosed that it gave 0.3 million to its
former Chief Executive, Mike Soden, who resigned suddenly
last year. Soden was also given a pension top up of ¤400,000
plus ¤269,000 for working until his abrupt departure. The
report also shows that the current Chief Executive, Brian
Goggin, was paid a total of ¤1.9 million last year. At the
same time the company is seeking to make even more profit
from fewer staff, which will result in the loss of 2,100 jobs.
Money for Management

Silver screen, golden profits: Dublin Cinema Group is the
company that owns the Savoy and Screen cinemas. Last year
the total wage bill for its 78 staff (including part-timers) was
¤1,300,000. That's ¤16,666 each. The four directors took
out ¤850,000, or an average ¤212,500 each plus dividends
of ¤75,000.
Money for Nothing

Almost 3,000 Irish farmers will get more than ¤40,000 this
year (and in future years) for doing nothing at all. The EU
single farm payment system no longer requires them to grow
any crops or raise any animals. They merely have to keep their
land in "good environmental and agricultural condition". 490 of
them will get over ¤80,000,595 will get between ¤60,000
and ¤80,000, and 5,943 will get between ¤40,000 and
¤60,000.This comes from the tax of PAYE employees
-another shift of wealth from workers to the rich.
No money for starving children

This year,nearly 11 million children will die before they reach
the age of 5.That's one child every five seconds. For more than
half of them, the main cause of death will be illnesses linked to
This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper
'Workers Solidarity'. http://struggle.ws/wsm/paper.html
We also provide PDF http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html
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