Smash the Household Charge

New charge is precursor to more charges and privatisation of services

Cllr. Ted Tynan (WP)
Councillor Ted Tynan

Workers Party Councillor Ted Tynan (Cork) has called for massive and determined resistance against the new household charge that was agreed at today’s  (Tuesday) cabinet meeting in Dublin.

Cllr. Tynan said that people should not be tricked by the €100 per annum charge and that this apparently low level was merely a sweetener for the Labour Party grassroots.  Past experience showed, he said, that once the principle of such charges is established they invariably increase to several times that amount in a short period.

“Make no mistake about it”, said Cllr. Tynan, “this is a Trojan Horse for water charges which may or may not be based on metering.  It is also a precursor to the privatisation of water and other local authority services.  The Workers Party is totally opposed to this form of double taxation and will work with others in mounting a massive campaign of resistance against this unjust charge.  This Trojan Horse charge should be smashed from its inception and we urge people not to pay the household charge and to make it uncollectable.”

Issued on 26th July 2011

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