Occupation of Kilkenny Revenue Office

Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes (CAHWT), Carlow area, Press Statement 21/02/2013

Occupation of Revenue office underway, Kilkenny
 

CAHWT and its members refuse to be intimidated by either the government or Revenue and will defeat what Enda Kenny described as “morally wrong, unfair & unjust” taxes on the family home. 

Members or the Carlow CAHWT are currently occupying the Revenue offices in Kilkenny in protest at the introduction of the new property tax, which is being passed to the revenue for implementation from July under the draconian legislation published in last year’s budget.

The CAHWT protesters are appealing to workers within Revenue to support their families, friends, neighbours, and fellow citizens by refusing to do the job of tax collector by collecting the regressive tax in July. Revenue workers should ask for support from their unions  in downing tools when they are asked to process the taxing of the poor and struggling middle class, many of whom are not even working at the moment.

“We are not directing our protest at the workers here today but we are making a political point and looking for workers and the unemployed to back each other as we are all being affected by these economically insane measures, none of us are exempt, this is our not our debt and it’s definitely not the next generation’s debt!” local activist Keith Gilligan explained.

Kevin Brady of the campaign, “The majority of the country have already paid stamp duty which makes this double taxation, this is a bailout tax and completely regressive in any case, and the people of this country will see no benefit from it. It has already been spent on the banking bailout and paying off bondholders – It’s definitely not going to local services as they’ve been downgraded across the country.”

This protest will be the first of many against the new property tax & campaign will also fight against the installation of water meters. Under EU Law, any organisation charging for a service is subject to competition regulations. In short, the setting up of Irish Water will lead to the privatisation of our water. We will do whatever is necessary to stop this from happening. We cannot continue to give away our natural resources or passively accepting austerity as the medicine is killing the patient.

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Posted on February 22, 2013, in Anti-household and anti-water tax, Democratic rights - general, Economy and workers' resistance, Irish politics today, Social conditions, Trade unions, twenty-six counties. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Occupation of Kilkenny Revenue Office.

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