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Economy, Environment

The Household Tax announced by the government today is a burden too many for the majority of ordinary people in this State.

Low and middle income workers have seen their living standards severely depressed over the last three years by wage cuts and savage impositions such as the Universal Social Charge. This latest tax, part of the EU/IMF memorandum, adds insult to the injury of working people, pensioners and the unemployed occasioned by being forced to salvage Irish and European banks from the consequences of their reckless speculation in the Irish property market.

1990s water tax defeated by non payment

Initial €100 would rocket to €500 and beyond
If this Household Tax were accepted everybody knows it would rocket to €500 and upwards within a short period. It would be a curtain raiser for further burdens such as water charges and a property tax on every home.

Anti Household and Water Tax Campaign Already established
On Saturday,16 July a meeting of activists and members of left parties and groups, following on from some initial meetings last year, resolved to launch a national campaign of opposition to new household and water taxes as soon as they were announced by government. A final name for the campaign has not yet been decided until the government clarified its proposals.

The Campaign is calling for a boycott of the charge and a mass non-payment campaign to make it unenforceable.

The Anti Household and Water Tax campaign is open to all those prepared to fight the new tax. Although members and public representatives of left groups will play an important role, it will not be affiliated to any political party or organisation and will have fully democratic structures in place.

A major series of public meeting s in cities and towns around the country will kick off in September to establish local groups in what will be a very active campaign.

Anti Water Charges campaign 1980s & 1994-‘96
The mass campaign against water charges in the 1980s and especially in Dublin from 1994-’96 under the leadership of the Federation of Dublin Anti Water Charges Campaigns serves as a model for the new campaign against the Household Tax. Tens of thousands of householders were involved in a major non-payment campaign. Attempts by Councils to intimidate householders were met by local mobilisations, defence of householders in the courts and political action. This major campaign of people power won a measure of justice for PAYE when the water tax was abolished in December 1996.

Economy

Clare Daly TD questions the Taoiseach on the EU / IMF deal prior to the upcoming European Council meeting. (22-03-11)

Clare Daly TD questions the Taoiseach on the EU / IMF deal prior to the upcoming European Council meeting. (22-03-11)

Clare Daly TD questions the Taoiseach on the EU / IMF deal prior to the upcoming European Council meeting. (22-03-11)

Clare Daly TD questions the Taoiseach on the EU / IMF deal prior to the upcoming European Council meeting. (22-03-11)

Dáil Issues, Economy

During a debate on the motion for the Programme for Government, Clare Daly TD outlines why the programme will mean austerity for ordinary people.

During a debate on the motion for the Programme for Government, Clare Daly TD outlines why the programme will mean austerity for ordinary people.

During a debate on the motion for the Programme for Government, Clare Daly TD outlines why the programme will mean austerity for ordinary people.

During a debate on the motion for the Programme for Government, Clare Daly TD outlines why the programme will mean austerity for ordinary people.

During a debate on the motion for the Programme for Government, Clare Daly TD outlines why the programme will mean austerity for ordinary people.

Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Economy

FIANNA FAIL and the Green Party are pressing ahead with their plans for a domestic water tax. Environment Minister, John Gormely, has stated that he hopes to raise €1 billion in revenue – from the 1.1 million households in the country. This would average out at €1000 per household!

The Green Party, attempting to justify hitting working people with more taxes, have claimed that installing meters and giving people a “free allocation” of water is a progressive measure. This is a lie. There is nothing to stop future governments from lowering the amount of “free allocation” and thereby increasing the bills for people. The abolishment of the bin tax waiver and the massive increased cost of bin charges illustrates that once these charges are established the burden on people increases. Instead of wasting €500 million plus installing water meters, these monies should be used instead to start a campaign to fix the leaking pipe and bring them up to European standard given that UK studies show that meters/charging do not reduce water usage in the long term.

Because of the determination of this government to make us pay for the economic crisis, there is now the real possibility that instead of waiting for water meters to be installed, the government may push ahead with a flat charge from December’s budget.

I believe water charges should be resisted whether they are based on metering or as a flat charge. Bin charges which have led to an ever-increasing financial burden on households and to privatisation of the sector show that the proposed water tax is not in the interests of ordinary people.

A mass campaign based in the communities is necessary to force the government to back down and I am committed to helping build the new Anti Water Tax Campaign and prepare the ground for a mass non-payment campaign.