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FIGHT THE ASSEMBLY’S AUSTERITY

We need fighting unions to defend jobs & conditions

Throughout Europe, governments are implementing viciousausterity programmes, inflicting enormous damage to people’s living standards and causing a social crisis in one country after another. Suicide rates are growing throughout Europe as unemployment soars to new records.

One million refuse to pay Household Tax

The government of Fine Gael and Labour in the South has introduced a draconian new household tax, another measure to make ordinary people pay to bail out bondholders and speculators. Out of the two million households in the country, only 41% had registered as the deadline for registration of 31 March passed and we go to print.

Cuts for us! Pay rises for MLAs!

Our local politicians have shown yet again that they care more about lining their own pockets than fighting for the working-class people they are meant to represent. They have just put through a package giving them an 11% pay rise – almost £5,000 a year ! – bringing their salary to £48,000. Chairs of committees will get £60,000, Ministers £86,000 and the First and Deputy First Ministers get £120,000!