Unite calls for national general strike and non-payment of water tax

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The Unite trade union has proposed a general strike in opposition to the Government’s economic programme and in support of an alternative strategy.

The union has also proposed a campaign of civil disobedience including the non-payment of any water or property taxes introduced in the forthcoming budget.

Irish regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said the union would be putting its proposals for national strike to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in the weeks ahead.

Mr Kelly comments came as Unite published what it descried as a viable alternative budgetary strategy.

It said it would be aimed at reducing the budget deficit by encouraging growth and getting people back to work.

The strategy calls for investment of over €15 billion over the next four years from cash assets held by the State. It also includes proposals to end what it described as “regressive tax incentives” and to increase taxes initially on high earning groups,

It said efficiencies from the generation from the provision of public services should be reinvested into the economy.

Unite represents about 60,000 workers in Ireland
This is very good news. Especially the call on the home and water taxes, union involvement will be needed alongside community action if they're to be defeated. Hopefully this proposal will be accepted by the ICTU, but I won't be holding my breath given the rottenness of most of the union tops. What's interesting though is that it's smaller unions with more militant traditions such as Unite and TEEU that are calling for action, and it's entirely possible we could see a split in the ICTU with unions like the CPSU, Unite and the TEEU withdrawing and conducting their own campaigns. It's interesting to see that the Unite leadership has recognised the need for such a campaign so I can only wish them luck and solidarity if they're successful in their call.
 


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A general strike is exactly what is needed - starting now until the government is brought down with the budget vote. This can be done.

The general strike needs to coincide with the march/demonstration on Saturday - and then continue. This has nothing to do with SF (although they deserve credit for standing up and resisting the actions of the corrupt government). This has to do with Ireland's future. Massive demonstrations, particularly those that escalate, bring down governments. The Icelanders did it. We can do it.

Plan on attending the march but turn it into something more. Take up positions outside the Dail and do not leave. Keep vigil while the budget is being debated. Do not let any TD leave the Dail until the budget is defeated and the government collapses. Every day this government stays in power increases the risk that they are silently and covertly transferring Ireland's assets to European banks or secretly signing things that should be brought before the Dail and/or the Irish people.

If possible, bring Dublin to a screeching halt when the Dail votes on the budget. As many of you from outside the city as possible should come and keep vigil outside the Dail. Bring your cars. Bring your trucks. Put Dublin into gridlock. The country needs to shut down while this vote is being done. There is nothing else as important going on anywhere in the country as this vote.

Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to join you. Tell them that they are going to be a part of Irish history. This will be true. You are living in the middle of one of the most critical points of Irish history. The future of Ireland depends on you. What you do - or fail to do - over the next few days will determine whether Ireland survives as a sovereign nation that under the control of its people or whether it becomes a subjugated province under the control of imperial overlords who extract ruinous tribute. This must not be allowed to happen.

Dubliners, don't you dare complain about being inconvenienced if the city shuts down. You have nothing more important to do than be there in front of the Dail yourselves. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than the future of your country. Be hospitable to your countrymen who have arrived to help you save your country. Welcome them and be very, very grateful that they have come.

Gardai, if you are off duty, you too need to be joining the ranks of the people in defense of their country. In fact, put yourself in the front row so that those on duty will see you and be reminded of who they really serve - the Irish people. Those of you on duty, treat your fellow citizens with respect. They are defending your country against the enemies that would destroy it. These are the people that you have pledged to serve. With luck, you may soon be able to arrest a few of those in the government who have caused the country to be in such danger. Keep that in mind.

Union guys, get yourselves in front of the Dail and stay there until this government is brought down. If your corrupt leadership has failed to call a general strike, then they need to be removed, but that is a job for another day. In the meantime, do what needs to be done immediately - shut things down so that all eyes turn to the Dail. This corrupt government has taken Ireland's pension funds and turned this money over to foreign banks to keep foreign banks happy. They have screwed every man, woman, and child in the country by giving Ireland's wealth to its enemies. The longer they stay, the more that could be given away. There is a job to do. Stay until it is finished.

Business people, you are in as grave a danger of this corrupt government as anyone - perhaps greater danger. Close your doors until this over. Whatever money you lose will be a pittance to what will happen to you if this government is not brought down. If the Debt Enslavement Deal is allowed to be implemented, you will out of business and/or slapped with ruinous taxes. Your livelihoods depend on bringing down this government. Shut down until this is over and tell your employees to get down to the Dail and keep vigil. Tell them that their own jobs depend on it, because they do. Then join them.

However, those of you with businsses near the Dail, stay open if you serve food and beverages. Those who are keeping vigil will need your services. Stock up on plenty of food and warm beverages. You can serve Ireland best if you can provide aid and assistance to those who are keeping vigil. Make it possible for them to save your country. Give them food and something to drink from time to time. Let them use your toilets. We are all in this together, and your contribution will be a valuable one.

Finally, everyone - we are indeed in this together. Show solidarity with each other. Every one of those who show up to bring down this government is an Irish patriot. End of. Ignore everything else that would otherwise divide people. You may see known FFers in the crowd. View them as fellow Irish patriots who have chosen to stand with the Irish people against their own party leadership. The same goes for everyone else. Everyone's party has been acting like corrupt scum of the earth lately. Nobody is feeling fond of their own parties anymore. Leave all that behind you when you come. What binds us together in times of crisis is stronger than anything that would separate us. Let no one try to pick apart the unity the Irish people. Stand together and you will win. You will bring down this government. Practice singing "Take it down from the mast, Irish traitors." Before this is over, we may all be able to sing it in four part harmonies.

Talk to those around you. Share information. Exchange ideas. Make friends. Start building networks. When this government falls, elections are next, and these too are going to be critical. If the old parties cannot be trusted with power, some independents may have to run in the next election. Some new parties may emerge from the wreckage of the old ones. Start the process of retaking the government and putting it back into the hands of the electorate. If handled right, a bad chapter of Irish history will be brought to an end, and a new chapter will begin with new leadership who serve the Irish people - and no one else.

There is nothing wrong with the Dail that a good housecleaning could not fix. The place needs to be rid of its vermin. We all know who they are - and they are found in every party. However, here and there, there are some good ones in every party. Most have been too submissive to party leadership for too long. Now is the time for each of them to cast the vote of their lives - they must bring down the Irish government to save Ireland and the future of the Irish people. if they do nothing else for the rest of their lives, they must now put their country ahead of their parties. This is the only vote that they will be remembered for.

Make this a moment in Irish history that you will be proud to tell your grandchildren. Bring your children if they are old enough to turn out for this kind of thing, and tell them that they are not just witnessing history being made but playing a part in it. Bring your banners, but bring supplies. Take what you need to stay warm. This could take a while. But this may be the most important thing you ever do in your life.
 

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Out of all the taxes, water tax is the only one I dont mind paying. Why not reject income tax? Oh wait the unions need that for their suits, fancy cars and champaign. Never mind.
Unions get their funds from members subs you eegit. How is not paying income tax going to affect them?
 

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So unite are calling for a 'national' strike are they. I wonder what 'nation' it is they're referring to? The british and irish nation is it?

A national strike is a good idea but not if it's orchestrated by goons from england.
 

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A socialist against taxes!!

I have seen everything :)
 

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Unions get their funds from members subs you eegit. How is not paying income tax going to affect them?
No it wouldnt affect them at all!!

No Income Tax means we have less money to redistribute to ps workers & state services or in this case less income tax means further cuts in jobs and wages for the ps as the IMF wont give us the loans unless we hit specific targets.

If ps workers are going to face more pay cuts and job losses then handing over money to unions seems like a waste does it not?

So are the socialist party against taxation? It might be a vote winner that one:lol:
 
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What's interesting though is that it's smaller unions with more militant traditions such as Unite and TEEU that are calling for action, and it's entirely possible we could see a split in the ICTU with unions like the CPSU, Unite and the TEEU withdrawing and conducting their own campaigns.
I wouldn't call Unite a "smaller" union. It's really quite big. Second biggest in the country, isn't it?
In any event, it's all mouth and no trousers. The leadership of Unite is made up of the militant headbangers from the old ATGWU, but half the membership is former Amicus, a far more placid union. There's moderates among the leadership, but they're not going to have a problem with this motion going to Congress in the knowledge it's going to be knocked back.

No it wouldnt affect them at all!!

No Income Tax means we have less money to redistribute to ps workers & state services or in this case less income tax means further cuts in jobs and wages for the ps as the IMF wont give us the loans unless we hit specific targets.

If ps workers are going to face more pay cuts and job losses then handing over money to unions seems like a waste does it not?

So are the socialist party against taxation? It might be a vote winner that one:lol:
You know, the words "union" and "ps worker" aren't interchangeable.
 

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A trade union congress seperate of Begg and Siptu is needed. The two main unions in this country - siptu and impact have proved themselves to be useless in defending irish workers and have been directly complicit in the nuturing of the trade union movement here. Unions that haven't been brought off by ff the likes of cpsu and teeu need to mobilise now!!
 

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Not gonna work EVER!!!
Nor will the 450,000 unemployed if people do not get off their fat ass's and do something about it.
ICTU will not ratify it and Unite should go it alone,somebody has to make a stand.
 

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Nor will the 450,000 unemployed if people do not get off their fat ass's and do something about it.
ICTU will not ratify it and Unite should go it alone,somebody has to make a stand.


here here!

Supposing they do go it alone what other unions are likely to join them? The teeu already voted in favour of a campaign of civil disobediance. Haven't seen any of that yet.
 

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Yeah. Well I'm a member of Unite and I don't agree with this Jimmy Kelly radical bullsh't.
 

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here here!

Supposing they do go it alone what other unions are likely to join them? The teeu already voted in favour of a campaign of civil disobediance. Haven't seen any of that yet.
Morally SIPTU should though i would not hold my breadth waiting for them.
 


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