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Water Privatisation Protest – Croke Park Conference Centre, Tuesday May 31, 8.30am

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Water Privatisation is Coming – the five United Left Alliance TD’s have called a Protest at 8.30am, Tuesday May 31, Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 1 – Primary Privateer is Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment

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No to Water Tax! No to Meters! Keep Water Public!

Protest at during Minister’s speech at big business conference organised
to prepare for water meter installation – Supported by the United Left
Alliance
www.unitedleftalliance.org
For more info tel Michael @ 0872400331, Eddie @ 0876775468 or Sinéad @ 0877712160

This
week a senior engineer told Cork City Councillors that 60% of that
city’s water supply leaked out of the system. This situation is repeated
up and down the country to one degree or another.

However
instead of investing the resources needed to repair our water supply as
a matter of urgency this government is determined to press on with the
crazy strategy of installing water meters in homes that don’t already
have one. This is estimated to cost €600 million. The government
intends to fund this by introducing a flat rate ‘utility charge’ next
year and then once meters are installed to begin charging people based
on their use of water.

In the longer term this is about turning
an essential public service into a commercial product that can be
privatised so that big business can profit off our backs. This is what
happened with bin collection services around the country

The
conference taking place on 31st May is about big business interests
sharing out the spoils. German multinational Hydrometer which
specialises in water meter manufacture and Celtic Anglian Water which
specialises in water billing systems are virtually running the show with
Minister for Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan, kicking off
proceedings.

It costs €420 to attend this event which is obviously intended for subcontractors who want to bid for this work.

The
United Left Alliance says water is a public resource. Access to water
is a basic right for all. We are opposed to privitisation. We want the
water we have to be conserved. Unemployed engineers and construction
workers should be taken on by local authorities to repair our water
system as part of a programme of emergency public works which our TDs
will be proposing to the Dáil next month. This could save billions of
litres of purified drinking water.

The United Left Alliance along
with other groups supports the No Water Tax campaign which was launched
last year in preparation for the fight against the introduction of
water charges.

We are committed to a campaign of mass nationwide
non-payment of this unfair tax which is one of many fresh attacks the
Fine Gael Labour government have lined up for us. With the active
participation of ordinary people up and down the country we can defeat
the water tax just as we did in the mid nineties.

Join us in
this fight. Come to the protest, spread the word and get active in the
No Water Tax campaign and join the United Left Alliance

No to Water Tax! No to Meters! Keep Water Public!

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Time
31 May · 08:3010:00

Location
8.30am, Tuesday, 31st May Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin

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More info
Protest
at during Minister’s speech at big business conference organised to
prepare for water meter installation – Supported by the United Left
Alliance
www.unitedleftalliance.org
For more info tel Michael @ 0872400331, Eddie @ 0876775468 or Sinéad @ 0877712160This
week a senior engineer told Cork City Councillors that 60% of that
city’s water supply leaked out of the system. This situation is repeated
up and down the country to one degree or another.However
instead of investing the resources needed to repair our water supply as
a matter of urgency this government is determined to press on with the
crazy strategy of installing water meters in homes that don’t already
have one. This is estimated to cost €600 million. The government
intends to fund this by introducing a flat rate ‘utility charge’ next
year and then once meters are installed to begin charging people based
on their use of water.

In the longer term this is about turning
an essential public service into a commercial product that can be
privatised so that big business can profit off our backs. This is what
happened with bin collection services around the country

The
conference taking place on 31st May is about big business interests
sharing out the spoils. German multinational Hydrometer which
specialises in water meter manufacture and Celtic Anglian Water which
specialises in water billing systems are virtually running the show with
Minister for Environment and Local Government, Phil Hogan, kicking off
proceedings.

It costs €420 to attend this event which is obviously intended for subcontractors who want to bid for this work.

The
United Left Alliance says water is a public resource. Access to water
is a basic right for all. We are opposed to privitisation. We want the
water we have to be conserved. Unemployed engineers and construction
workers should be taken on by local authorities to repair our water
system as part of a programme of emergency public works which our TDs
will be proposing to the Dáil next month. This could save billions of
litres of purified drinking water.

The United Left Alliance along
with other groups supports the No Water Tax campaign which was launched
last year in preparation for the fight against the introduction of
water charges.

We are committed to a campaign of mass nationwide
non-payment of this unfair tax which is one of many fresh attacks the
Fine Gael Labour government have lined up for us. With the active
participation of ordinary people up and down the country we can defeat
the water tax just as we did in the mid nineties.

Join us in
this fight. Come to the protest, spread the word and get active in the
No Water Tax campaign and join the United Left Alliance

Written by tomasoflatharta

May 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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