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Resistance issue 151 - May 2013 May 04 13
The Household Tax: Don’t Register, Don’t Pay
Mid-December saw the eventual publication of the long-threatened household tax legislation. The first three months of 2012 will present every household in Ireland with a choice: whether to succumb to this new home tax, which along with the proposed water tax will rise to approx €1,200 per annum within a couple of years, or to refuse to register, refuse to pay and make a stand against the costs of bailing out bankers and developers continuing to be hoisted on our shoulders.
Much has been made in the media coverage of the threatened €2,500 fine for people who refuse to register for this new tax. But as the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT) organises throughout the country we can all stand together and ensure that individuals cannot be targeted by the government.
There is no legal obligation on anyone to register for this tax until 31st March. So if we don’t register through January, February and March and arrive at late March with at least a million households unregistered (government plans are to make 1.6million households pay), we will then be in a massively strong position.
As a group, as a collective of households standing together, we will be able to say to the government: ‘your tax is unwelcome, we’re not going to pay it. Are you willing to take all of us on?’ The legal system will be incapable of processing cases against one million householders for refusing to register. Other government threats such as stopping the money from our wages, social welfare payments etc. can also be dealt with by us as a million-strong group.
A ‘Not registering, Not paying’ collective of one million plus households by mid-March might seem like a mammoth task. But it is in fact very achievable. Already the CAHWT has begun organising throughout the country. In areas outside the main cities and towns, the campaign is also taking on the issue of resistance to payment of the new septic tank registration charges. Public meetings have been held and organising groups established in many areas and are planned in many more for the coming weeks.
The key to achieving the target of a million plus households resisting this tax is mass participation, we need huge numbers of people involved, not just in refusing to register/pay themselves, but in convincing and organising others to do so as well. This campaign cannot be built by a small number of ‘leaders’ or politicians, no matter how well intentioned they might be. Building it needs a lot of ordinary people, just like you, to get involved.
Imagine its building as being like a giant benign pyramid scheme in operation. If during the month of January 500 people get out in their local areas and knock on 50 doors each, we will have spoken to 25,000 households. (If the average conversation takes approx 5 minutes that will involve a maximum of 6 – 8 hours work for each of those 500 people). If we convince 20,000 of these 25,000 households to agree not to register and not to pay, and then convince 1 in 4 of these to themselves get out and knock on another 50 doors each, we could conceivably have knocked on and organised 250,000 households by the middle of February and 1.25million by early March.
Of course if we can start off with more than 500 people at the beginning of the pyramid, we will get to the base of mass participation even quicker. But the key to this happening is that we don’t all leave it to ‘someone else’ to do it but that we each get involved in organising the campaign in our own areas to the extent that each of us can.
Many people might feel intimidated or nervous about the idea of knocking on neighbours’ doors about something like this. But among those involved in getting the campaign off the ground there are many people who have previously been involved in similar campaigns such as the successful battle against water charges in the 1990s. These people are available to support or help the establishment of campaign groups in any area and to provide help/support/training to people to do the necessary door knocking.
So if you feel that this tax needs to be defeated, it’s over to you (with help and support of course). If there’s a campaign group established in your area, get involved and do your bit. If there is no campaign group established in your area yet, please contact the campaign through its website (www.nohouseholdtax.org), facebook page (search for ‘Campaign Against Household And Water Taxes), by phone/text (086 7389943) or through the Workers Solidarity Movement.
You will be put in touch with other people in your area, given whatever support or help you need, provided with material (Leaflets, newsletters, ‘We’re Not Paying’ window posters and car stickers and campaign membership cards are all available) and you will do your bit to defeat this tax. Victory can be ours!
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People in deprived areas 3 times more likely to take their lives in Northern Ireland 15:36 Thu 13 Sep 0 comments
People in deprived areas in Northern Ireland are three times more likely to take their lives. Health minister Edwin Poots said, ‘Unemployment rates in deprived areas further affect people and this is a major concern. Studies indicate that a 1% increase in unemployment is met with a corresponding 0.79% increase in suicide.
Hundreds of Garda deployed to protect Shell's machine from the people of Ireland 15:47 Wed 01 Aug 0 comments
A huge secretive Garda security operation last night swung into operation in Dublin Port as Shell's Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) left the port as part of a huge convoy of Garda vehicles. News of the operation had leaked at the last minute meaning that with only an hours notice a handful of Shell to Sea campaigners managed to get down to the port entrance despite the pouring rain. Most of us were pulled over and questioned by Garda at least once and the Garda helicopter stayed overhead as various Garda vehicles including a van load of riot cops with the door open drove past us repeatedly.
Council tries to silence protest by threatening Rossport Solidarity Camp with eviction 15:54 Tue 22 May 0 comments
In a new twist to the decade long struggle against Shell Rossport Solidarity Camp has revealed that Mayo County Council (MCC) has issued an eviction notice to the landowner of the field where the Rossport Solidarity Camp is located. Mayo farmer Gerry Burke has been threatened with fines of over €12,000 and two years in prison. Despite these theats the annual June Bank Holiday solidarity gathering will go ahead in a couple of weeks.
Massive National rally of community campaign against new Household tax in Ireland 19:53 Tue 27 Mar 0 comments
Saturday's National Rally against the Household Tax in the National Stadium was literally filled to overflowing. As well as nearly 3,000 people crammed into every possible space in the Stadium another 4 to 500 were in the car park at the side, unable to fit into the building. And the thousands who attended were angry, energized and expectant of victory. The National Stadium normally hosts boxing marches but the atmosphere on Saturday topped that of watching a home fighter coming out on top in a close fought bout.
Dublin: The eviction of the Occupy Dame Street camp 21:19 Thu 08 Mar 0 comments
A large force of Garda and council workers were deployed at 3.30am today, International Women's Day, to clear Occupy Dame Street (ODS) camp. The camp was completely demolished in the course of the eviction, campers intimidated and their personal property stolen. This was a level of force way out of proportion with the numbers in the camp (about 15 people) and stands in contrast with the lack of resources put into investigating what happened at Anglo, the collapse of which has left a debt of 26,000 Euro on every single person in the country. [Italiano]
Detailed account of Shell's prosecution of 19 more people for ongoing resistance in Erris, Ireland 21:14 Thu 08 Mar 0 comments
The end of February saw 19 Shell to Sea campaigners, including a WSM member, being prosecuted on 80 charges for civil disobediance against Shell's decade long attempt to impose an experimental high pressure raw gas pipeline on the communities of Erris. Over 8,000 euro in fines were handed down by this special sitting of the Belmullet court and Shell to Sea spokesperson Terence Conway was given two 3-month prison sentences under section 8 of the Public Order Act for blocking the road on two seperate occasions, a 'crime' that anyone following the struggle will be aware Shell's private security company committs three times a day with the co-operation of the Gardai. (Image: Community show support in advance of the court cases, J Bender, RSC)
Report from 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday March 17:56 Thu 02 Feb 0 comments
Despite the opposition of the governing SInn Fein party, relatives of families of the victims of Bloody Sunday and political supporters, including Irish anarchists, marched in remembrance last Saturday. A report from the anarchists present and a background to the issues behind those determined to continue the annual commemoration. [Italiano]
The liberation of a former Bank of Ireland building in Belfast 17:29 Wed 18 Jan 0 comments
Occupy Belfast seized the initiative Monday by re-possessing the former Bank of Ireland building in Royal Avenue gaining media coverage both here and across the world. Around a dozen protestors including a WSM member entered the building, unfurled banners and put up barricades despite early attempts by the police to illegally evict us. A WSM member who took part gives us his views on the occupation below.
Occupy 'x' arrives in Ireland with Occupy Dame street 23:56 Wed 12 Oct 0 comments
The 'Occupy X' movement arrived in Ireland over the weekend when a core group of around 50 people set up camp at the Central Bank Plaza on Dame street. Numbers grew to a few hundred at times over the next days and nights as supporters came down to join in for a while and the curious stopped to see what was going on. Issues highlighted by participants included the bank bail out, IMF intervention & the ongoing Great Oil & Gas Giveaway.
Galway sees Day of action against Fine Gael think-in 22:04 Fri 09 Sep 0 comments
The Fine Gael party was confronted with angry scenes at not one but two different blockades during a meeting of the parliamentary party in Galway city yesterday. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his cabinet were attending their pre-budget think-in at the luxury Radisson hotel when some 30 students from the NUIG Free Education for Everyone (FEE) group and the Students’ Union blockaded the entrance in protest at the government’s policy of education cuts, registration fee increases and the ever-looming prospect of full fees. They were joined by two dozen members of the Save Roscommon Hospital Alliance who were equally intent on showing the Fine Gael party what they think of their callous indifference to the welfare of the working class.more >>
Dublin City Council have new by laws to permit officials to interrogate members of the public as to how they are disposing of their rubbish. When the councils started charging for waste disposal years back numerous people refused to pay, the councils then withdrew their collections and ultimately the service was privatised. At the time of the introduction of a fee for rubbish collection some environmentalists argued it was a good thing that would lead to greater recycling and lower waste production. The councils began charging for recycling also of course.
The future of the CAHWT - Making Democracy Work Jun 14 0 comments
Almost a month has passed since the national conference of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT). While on the surface things look pretty quiet, this is a critical juncture for the campaign. The momentum that has been lost by the attachment of the CAHWT to the unsuccessful No referendum campaign will only be rebuilt when the government make their next move, but those active in the campaign need to use the coming weeks to prepare for that eventuality.
Single Issue Campaigns, Community Syndicalism & Direct Democracy Jun 14 0 comments
There’s been a lot of talk lately about participatory and direct democracy. Renewed interest in alternative forms of organising society has arisen from increasing dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and the domination of the economy by a few corporations. This dissatisfaction has found its expression in the Arab spring, the May 15th movement in Spain and the Occupy movement in the English-speaking world. Where the anti-capitalist movement of the last decade focussed almost exclusively on the power of the corporations and finance capital, this current tendency is to also focus on politics and the state.
Household Tax- planning to win - democracy is the key May 19 0 comments
The National Conference of the Campaign Against the Household and Water Taxes this Saturday will be making some key decisions that will determine the future success of the campaign. The ultimate objective of our campaign should be to ensure that everyone who gets involved in it can have an equal input into our decision-making. This will make for a more democratic and far more efficient Campaign which large numbers of people will feel direct ownership of. That will mean a far stronger Campaign and one capable of winning. On Saturday we will be distributing this text which explains the case for direct democracy as a leaflet to those attending the conference.
Shell to Sea have released a very detailed report into the GSOC 'investigation' of the Garda at the center of the 'Corrib Cops Rape Tape' which first came to public attention one year ago today. The report reveals that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) engaged in spin and misinformation that misled the public over the Corrib ‘rape’ recording incident of March 2011 and undermined the case against Gardaí. The report details GSOC’s attempts to serve the interests of An Garda Síochána by undermining the women who made the recording public, while deflecting attention from the behaviour of Gardaí. The document was prepared by Shell to Sea with one of the women about whom the ‘rape’ comments were made and seven academics at NUI Maynooth. It has been made available online as a PDF and we are republishing it here:more >>
Why we are leaving Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes (CAHWT) Jun 26 WSM 0 comments
The Workers Solidarity Movement has decided to withdraw from the Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes. Please see statement below. We have made a donation of €1,000 towards paying off the debts of CAHWT.
Scotland's for Council Housing! Glasgow Demo, 24th September Sep 18 Liberty and Solidarity & IWW 0 comments
With the full backing of the Glasgow chapter of Liberty and Solidarity and local community newspaper 'The Burgh Angel' , Hamiltonhill Action Group will be holding a demonstration with the Scottish Tenants Organisation on Thursday 24th September, against the Glasgow Housing Association's (GHA) refusal to invest money in their community.
The Libertarian - issue 2 Aug 28 WSM 5 comments
The second issue of 'The Libertarian' a local newsletter distributed in Dublin 8 by the WSM is online.