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Resistance issue 151 - May 2013 May 04 13
Irish New Household & Water Tax - Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay
ireland / britain | community struggles | news report Wednesday July 06, 2011 21:14 by Gregor Kerr - WSM
Both these taxes are simply another attempt by government to raid the pockets of ordinary workers and families to pay for the financial crisis. Already we’ve suffered pay cuts, increased taxes, social welfare cuts, the imposition of the Universal Social Charge and massive cuts social services such as education and health that we depend upon.
Meanwhile the wealthy continue to coin it. In 2009 the number of people in Ireland with investable assets over $1 million increased by 10% to 18,100. The number of people with investable assets over $30 million increased by 18 to 181. Figures released by the Central Bank in May showed that there is currently about €120 billion held in hard currency and bank deposits in the Irish economy. The problem, of course, is that this wealth is held by a tiny number of hands and the government, just like its predecessor, is unwilling to make the wealthy pay their share of tax.
Instead they continue to come up with ways of taking money from us. They see us as the soft touch. There is no justifiable economic reason for imposing a new tax on us. The wealthy can and should be made to pay, we have already taken far more than our ‘share’ of the ‘pain’.
But while step one in defeating this tax is each of us making the individual decision not to pay, these taxes can only be defeated by collective action. Just as we did during the last attempt to impose water taxes in the 1990s, we need to organise in our communities and build strong campaigning groups.
That means people like you. You don’t need to have any previous experience of organising campaigns to get involved, you just need to have a willingness to work alongside your neighbours and friends to take the simple steps of helping to build a campaign in your area. A No To Water Tax Campaign has already been established and will be building in every community over the coming months. Members of the Workers Solidarity Movement will be active in helping to establish this campaign. We hope that you too will get involved. Please get in touch and we will support or help in any way we can to help build a local campaign in your area.
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