Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Obscene tax cuts are a con job,' says Siptu leader

Jack O’Connor is retiring at the end of the year
Jack O’Connor is retiring at the end of the year

Anne-Marie Walsh

The main political parties' calls for tax cuts are a "con job", the leader of the country's largest union has claimed.

Delivering his final presidential speech to his union's conference in Cork, Siptu general president Jack O'Connor launched a scathing attack on Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and said money that should be pumped into public services is instead making profits for "legalised bandits".

He said tax cuts should be forgotten until after 2022.

Mr O'Connor called for the creation of an alliance to prioritise investment in housing, healthcare, education, and to guarantee full collective bargaining rights for every worker.

The union leader will retire from his role at the end of the year and Siptu general secretary Joe O'Flynn will take over as general president designate for two years.

Joe Cunningham, who is currently in charge of the union's organising division, is tipped to take over as general secretary, which will become the top job at the union, after this.

During his speech last night, Mr O'Connor said it is "absolutely obscene" that the parties are promoting tax cuts while thousands of children are homeless.

"It's a con job," he said. "What is actually being perpetrated under the guise of promoting the incentive to work or rewarding people is a different thing altogether."

Irish Independent

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