In a statement People Before Profit spokesperson and general election candidate, Cllr Bríd Smith, has described the reports that rental property supply is the lowest it has been in a decade a shameful indictment on the government and in particular on the Minister Alan Kelly. Cllr Smith pointed to the failing and the inaction of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly as a factor which is contributing the crisis of homelessness in this country.
On Mayday, the five unions fighting water charges held a conference in Dublin. The aim was to bring union members, community groups and political representatives into dialogue around a progressive alternative to the current establishment. This is an exciting prospect as R2W seeks to build a political alliance that reflects the anti-austerity struggles of the last eight months. To this end, around 200 people were invited, split roughly into the three main groups.
The following statement has been agreed between the People Before Profit Alliance, the Anti-Austerity Alliance and some independent activists including Cllr Brendan Young.
The anti-water charges movement, which has seen hundreds of thousands mobilise and become active in campaigning, has transformed politics in this country. It has forced climbdowns by the government and given people confidence and hope that the austerity agenda can be defeated. It has opened a potential to build a significant Left, working class political movement.
Last Saturday saw thousands marching against the hated and unjust water charges yet again. Alongside this great demonstration of people power many were also protesting against TTIP, or the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, as part of a massive worldwide “Global Day of Action” against it and similar 'free' trade agreements, with over 750 protests worldwide.
Irish Water has been set up to get us to pay another double tax. In this pamphlet Cllr Brid Smith of People Before Profit explains how water is becoming the new oil, how the set up of Irish Water has nothing to do with ‘conservation’- it’s about taking money from the majority and preparing the ground for privatisation. She looks at the experience of Bolivia which shows that people power can fight back and we can win.
The government and Irish Water often boast about a high registration rate for Irish water. People before Profit has information that these registrations of names and addresses were not all registrations made by the occupier.
The strike on Holy Thursday by 6,000 Dunnes Stores workers is extremely important for Irish workers. The stakes are so high that Dunnes Stores management have been trying to intimidate staff for the past few weeks to try and break the strike. They have been calling individual workers into ‘communications meetings’ threatening some with a cut in hours if they go on strike, promising others full-time contract if they don’t.