Friday 18 April 2014

Teachers union to fight property tax

A TEACHERS union has agreed to oppose and campaign against the incoming property tax.

At the final day of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference, delegates overwhelmingly agreed to oppose the contentious property tax.

In recent weeks, homeowners across the country have received correspondence from revenue instructing them to pay property tax rates in accordance to the value of their property.

Addressing the congress in Galway today, Kenneth Sloane of Dundalk IT said the tax was part of an austerity policy which has failed the country.

Mr Sloane said teachers had "paid considerable amounts of stamp duty" on homes including many bought at the peak of the construction boom.

He described the property tax as "another attack" on trade union members such as the TUI.

The TUI represents over 14,000 second level teachers and third level lecturers.

The motion carried at the congress "condemned the sustained attack on workers take home pay, the loading of extra taxes and the cuts to benefits."

The union will now campaign against the property tax.

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