Wednesday 18 October 2017

Union plans 'disruptive' strikes

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

trade union Unite is planning a "massive" campaign against government cutbacks, urging people to refuse to pay bills and take part in disruptive national strikes.

Unite revealed it would ask the union leadership to back widespread work stoppages and encourage civil disobedience.

Speaking at the launch of its alternative budget yesterday, the union's leaders said its campaign could mean non-payment of service charges, including water charges, and property taxes.

Unite's 'People's Budget' calls for a €15bn investment from the National Treasury Management Agency's cash balances and National Pensions Reserve Fund.

It proposes hiking taxes by €8bn over five years, through measures including taxing high-income groups, increasing corporation tax and anti-tax exile measures.

Unite claims each €1bn invested will create up to 12,000 jobs.

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