Monday 19 February 2018

Taxpayer to save €26m a year with abolition of relief on union dues

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

TAXPAYERS will save €26m a year when tax reliefs on union dues are abolished next year.

But workers who are union members will feel the brunt of the measure that will be brought in after the next Budget.

The Department of Finance has revealed the level of savings it will make by getting rid of the tax relief that has existed since 2001.

SIPTU general president Jack O'Connor last night condemned the move as a further attack on the union movement, while it organised mass campaigns against cutbacks.

He said his union could not afford to reduce subscriptions due to a 10,000 drop in membership and the "David and Goliath" task of representing workers since the economic crisis began.

Axing the tax reliefs -- worth €70 per union member per year -- are part of the €15bn cutbacks outlined in the Government's four-year Economic Recovery Plan.

The move will affect over a third of the entire public and private sector workforce, or roughly 500,000 people, who are union members.

"This is designed to further undermine our capacity to defend workers," said Mr O'Connor.

"There's only one force in society which has the capacity to mobilise any effective opposition to the assault on working people, and that's the trade union movement," he added.

Irish Independent

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