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(en) Workers Solidarity #76 - As councils prepare to refuse rubbish collection Direct Action is next step for the Anti-Bin Tax campaign

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 5 Aug 2003 08:49:12 +0200 (CEST)

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It is a testimony to this campaign that the government
has changed the law of the land in their latest attempt to
defeat it. The authorities, from the bean counters at City
Hall to government level, have been twisting and
squirming as they look for yet another way to make us
pay this double tax.

Initially they tried taking us to court. That hasn't worked
and logistically it proved to be a nightmare for them. In
Cork they tried not collecting rubbish from non-payers,
and even jailed some campaigners for dumping rubbish
outside City Hall.

That didn't work either, as the Supreme Court stated that
existing laws placed a duty on local authorities to collect
household waste. Now they have rushed through a new
law to allow them to use non-collection in their latest
attempt to force us to pay.

We shouldn't be frightened by this. But we have to ensure
that that we are prepared for this next stage of the
campaign. We have to let everyone on our streets and in
our estates know that the next trick the Council will try is
most likely non-collection. We must ensure that campaign
membership keeps growing and that our information is

We must send out the message that we intend for every
truck to pick up all the rubbish on their bin run. The
Council must understand this, and the government must
understand it. If non-collection is attempted, trucks will
be blockaded into our estates until everyone's bin is

The workers are already aware that what is at stake here
is their jobs. Privatisation is on the cards if the
government can make this industry another source of
profit. That's one of the reasons the trade unions are
against the bin tax.

The campaign needs to be strong and the links must be
made now so that we can come out of this battle with a
major victory for the working class people of this island.
In the North they are talking about introducing a water
tax. Once again the bosses and bureaucrats are on the
offensive and this is our opportunity to put them back in
their box. Now that's just too good an opportunity to go

Dermot Sreenan

See also

* The campaigns against the Bin charges

This page is from the print version of the
Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.

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