1% Network calls for a General Strike.

The Salmon of Knowledge

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The ICTU march and the 1% Network



We want to make the1% rich pay not the compromise of 'fairer' cuts

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions have called a national demonstration on 27th November in Dublin which will see tens of thousands take to the streets. But many are very unhappy with the ICTU leadership and a march called on the basis of 'fairer' cuts and a return to the disasterous policy of Social Partnership. The 1% Network will be taking part in the demonstration not to support the demands of the ICTU leadership but to outline what we see as the alternative. This is not in the expectation that the ICTU leadership can be convinced but because we want to make the argument to the thousands of workers who will take part that it is up to all of us to organise what is needed, a general strike, despite that leadership.



The 1% network is organising for the day around the slogan 'The 1% have the Wealth - We have to take the Power'

In 2007, the Bank of Ireland’s ‘Wealth of the Nation’ report revealed that 1% of the population owned 34% of the wealth. In October of this year, Cork Institute of Technology lecturer Tom O’Connor analysed what has happened to this wealth since then. His figures showed that the total ‘net worth’ (excluding the value of their principal residences and allowing for any borrowings) of the 33,000 Irish millionaires is still a whopping €121billion.

It is clearly both wrong and immoral that a small number of people should hold onto such vast wealth while the rest of us face savage attacks on our living standards and on our public services. More importantly, this concentration of wealth in a tiny number of hands means that political power is also concentrated in the hands of this elite. If we wish to re-shape society and to build a new society based on equality and real democracy, we need to find a way to take political power away from the wealthy elite.

Clearly those who have such power are not going to give it up easily. But we are many and they are few and we have the ability to organise to defeat them.

The way in which they can be defeated is through the organisation of a general strike. They need our labour, by withdrawing it we can show where real power lies.


Read more here: The ICTU march and the 1% Network - Indymedia Ireland
 


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Fantastic. Only problem for me is that I work in elderly care and so I have to go to work to enable family members who want to march have the time off from their caring duties to go and protest.

I'm there in spirit.
 
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Its astonishing that we are all going to have to go through so much pain when the richest 1% could pay off the deficit for years.
Perhaps, but just wait until German newspapers start publishing the generous pay, conditions and pensions available to many in this country.
There will be outrage similar to that which occured when greece was bailed out earlier in the year.
 

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'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.
 

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The ICTU march and the 1% Network



We want to make the1% rich pay not the compromise of 'fairer' cuts

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions have called a national demonstration on 27th November in Dublin which will see tens of thousands take to the streets. But many are very unhappy with the ICTU leadership and a march called on the basis of 'fairer' cuts and a return to the disasterous policy of Social Partnership. The 1% Network will be taking part in the demonstration not to support the demands of the ICTU leadership but to outline what we see as the alternative. This is not in the expectation that the ICTU leadership can be convinced but because we want to make the argument to the thousands of workers who will take part that it is up to all of us to organise what is needed, a general strike, despite that leadership.



The 1% network is organising for the day around the slogan 'The 1% have the Wealth - We have to take the Power'

In 2007, the Bank of Ireland’s ‘Wealth of the Nation’ report revealed that 1% of the population owned 34% of the wealth. In October of this year, Cork Institute of Technology lecturer Tom O’Connor analysed what has happened to this wealth since then. His figures showed that the total ‘net worth’ (excluding the value of their principal residences and allowing for any borrowings) of the 33,000 Irish millionaires is still a whopping €121billion.

It is clearly both wrong and immoral that a small number of people should hold onto such vast wealth while the rest of us face savage attacks on our living standards and on our public services. More importantly, this concentration of wealth in a tiny number of hands means that political power is also concentrated in the hands of this elite. If we wish to re-shape society and to build a new society based on equality and real democracy, we need to find a way to take political power away from the wealthy elite.

Clearly those who have such power are not going to give it up easily. But we are many and they are few and we have the ability to organise to defeat them.

The way in which they can be defeated is through the organisation of a general strike. They need our labour, by withdrawing it we can show where real power lies.


Read more here: The ICTU march and the 1% Network - Indymedia Ireland
Strike away to your hearts content Lads and Lassies.
As I have said on another thread the sewage will boil up in the manholes outside your houses just the same as mine.
Your mothers life support machine will flat-line just the same as mine.
Your sons job in Intel or Hewlett Packard will be performed just as well in Lucknow as Leixlip.
The soup from a soup kitchen won't taste any worse to me than to you.
If the bakeries run out of bread today we will both be eating cake tomorrow.
Do you really think that Peter Sutherland or Goldman Sachs give a flying fook about your stupid socialist BS.
You will have to get up a little earlier in the morning to catch these guys.
We were stupid.
We got ourselves into this mess.
We must now pay for our petty corruption.
 

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thanks for the tip-off there salmon, me and other 1%er's are grateful
is terminal 2 opened yet?
watch out for those spanish trawlers there
 

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quoting figures provided by the bank of ireland does'nt add to the credibility of your argument, i hope you realise that. i own a farm so technically i seem to be in your 1% on paper, if you think i have the means to pay for a bailout your going to be disappointed. the people you seem to refer to number a few hundred at most. they have more expenseive accountants than we do so your wasting your time here.
 

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Strike or revolution? Is the solution to just take money off rich people & give it to poorer people?

:confused:
The trouble with revolution is that when the smoke clears and and the last casualty has been carted off to a hospital with no electricity,you take a look at the top table and the guys sitting there are not the ones you had hoped, or fought, for.
Then the slow sh!tty death begins!
 

drummed

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exactly, j stalin was a great man for the revolutions
wonder how that worked out........
 

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Economics 101

Wealth != Cash

Strike away, my pinko friends, you have nothing to lose but your social welfare payments.
 

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'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.
Ah, Shelleys Mask of Anarchy.

It's on the back of the L.P. "Sound Affects" by The Jam, great record (good poem too). That's this evenings listening pleasure decided. :cool:
 


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