Dail protest, blockades and the bin tax campaign

30 Sept 2003

The opening of the Dail on Tuesday 30 September after the long, long holidays the TD's get saw a somewhat disappointing bin tax protest on the streets outside. Disappointing because while 4,000 or so marched last week only 10% of this number turned up for the Dail protest.

Bin tax protest at Dail Eireann
Pic: protest with Dail in the background

However although many did not see the point in another protest so soon after the last one blockades have continued and if anything spread across the city area. Its harder to know what is happening in Fingal but it appears there the campaign had been forced to retreat for now from a general blockade of all trucks to blockades in the estates where the campaign is strongest. Victory in Fingal is thus dependent on what happens in the other three city areas as non-collection is introduced there.

So far the Dublin city area appears to be the best organised and most militant with many solidarity blockades across the city, a couple are in progress as I write. However a lack of co-ordination remains the major problem which is preventing escalation beyond local solidarity blockades of an hour or so. Moves are afoot to sort this problem out and in any case with the introduction of non-collection in the city area objective circumstances should force people to get their act together.

Axe the double tax

The Dublin Council of Trade Unions is holding a special delegate conference to discuss a co-ordinated campaign of action to oppose bin charges. Proposals include a trade union rally outside Mountjoy prison on October 11. Union bosses like ICTU leader David Begg have been busy stabbing the campaign in the back on the media. No surprise there, their pay, conditions and lifestyle are that of the boss class and two decades of social partnership have killed any radical instinct they might once have had. Most unions on the ground have policy in opposition to the bin tax, that Begg can get way with ignoring this demonstrates that it is the structures of the union that must be changed, radical resolutions are ignored or contradicted by those at the top with the current structures.

Thursday afternoon is to see a protest at the Grangegormon depot in Stoneybatter. The trucks from here are the ones that collect the commercial rubbish from the city centre, if a large protest stops this collection then it is business interests rather then residents that will face the rubbish pilling up. This protest starts at 5pm at Grangegorman.

Crowd control
Pic: Gardai block the route to the Dail

Below Conor writes on the build up of the campaign in Dun Laoghaire

Fingal anti bin tax campaign

Slow start in Dun Laoghaire

Meet and Greet Nonsense continues

About a dozen off us tailed a truck in Bayview/Cool early this morning. The bin men where quite friendly and said they didn't know what was going on but had been instructed to pick up all bins. They believe that the grabbing of bins of non collectors would begin from 10th October. We are meeting next Wednesday at Tesco at 7.30 and hopefully this will grow in size !

Meantime the council have put it about that they are collecting all bins because they have been "flooded with calls" from people desperate to pay.

My own view is that 2 brief but well organised blockades in Ballaly and Dundrum are what has stopped them for now. And that further effective blockades would further slow them - For now I am the only person with this view !

SWP placards
Pic: Party politics

I did give out leaflets on the Grange Gorman blockade (Thursday night 5 pm Grange Gorman depot) and people thought it was a good idea though I doubt any one will make the trip.

There were a similar number of people "tailing" trucks in a couple of other parts of Ballybrack at the same time and there are more organised from 11 today. As I was coming into work I noticed a small group following the truck in Sallynoggin as well

There was also a rumour that bins of non payers will be swept up in that small part of Bray that stretches into the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area - so there will be people trying to grab the bins back - Garda intervention also seems likely


related link: http://www.stopthebintax.com

Ringsend arrive at Dail protest
Pic: banner from Ringsend arrives at Dail protest

More on the bin tax


Women with placards
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Axe hte double tax

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