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(en) Workers solidarity, 72 Sep. 2002 - The anti-bin tax battles

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 26 Sep 2002 07:08:45 -0400 (EDT)

      A - I N F O S  N E W S  S E R V I C E

As we go to press the City Council has commenced their
next step in the war against the people of Dublin by
issuing 4 summonses to members of the campaign in
Finglas. These people are due to appear in court on the
20th of September in the old Richmond Hospital on
North Brunswick Street.

The anti-bin tax campaign, is of course, supporting the
defendants with legal representation as well as a sizable
demonstration outside the courthouse starting at 10.00am.
In the run up to this demonstration against the council's new
tactics of dragging people in front of the courts we also had a
successful all Dublin activists meeting on the Monday the
16th building for the demonstration and working towards a
conference in the month of November.

According to the council's own figures less then 50% of
people paid any part of their bill last year. With the growing
success of non-payment only around 20% have paid
something so far this year. This is a good indication that the
Dublin Anti-Bin Tax Campaign has been successful in
getting the message out to people that the only way this
unjust tax is going to be beaten is by mass non-payment.
Through membership drives in many localities the campaign
has been able to get more people involved, and build up our
legal defence fund for the court battles ahead.

The Government are on a huge cut-back drive. Just as I
write this they've decided to slash ¤38 million from the
budget allocated for education. The council's drive to make
waste collection in this city a profitable venture is tied in with
this policy of making people pay twice for services. It's vitally
important that we stop them in their march towards getting
more money for us and giving us less and less in return.

With Government implementing cuts there is little chance of
them paying up the ¤19 million that they already owe the
city. The Government do not pay any rates on any of the
offices they occupy, over 35% of office space in the city.
Instead they implement cuts and they get the council to do
their dirty work and chase us for a double tax.

In every war you move from one battle to the next. We are
winning the battle for non-payment and are going to drive up
those non-payment figures. We are now going to enter into
the legal arena and we will defend our members against this
unjust double tax. The City Council is entering a battle that
South Dublin Council lost previously with the water charges.
History is on our side.

                             Dermot Sreenan

Secretary, Dublin City Anti-Bin Tax Campaign (personal
Campaign Hotline: 087-6277606

See also
   The campaigns against the Bin charges
   Articles about the resistance to the introduction of refuse
   charges in Ireland

  This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers
  Solidarity'.  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html

We also provide PDF files of all our publications for you to print out
 and distribute locally http://struggle.ws/wsm/pdf.html

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