- May 25, 2009
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.The Unite trade union has proposed a general strike in opposition to the Governments 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