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Anti Property Tax Campaigners occupy headquarters of International financial company.

category dublin | bin tax / household tax / water tax | press release author Thursday February 28, 2013 13:02author by Elric Report this post to the editors

Press statement: Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes

Anti Property Tax Campaigners occupy headquarters of International financial company.
Sending out message of "It's not our debt, and we're not paying".

Members of the Campaign Against Home And Water Taxes ( CAHWT) are currently occupying the headquarters of Price Waterhouse Coopers in Dublin's Docklands.

This is the first occupation of this type held by the campaign, and represents a significant escalation of our protest activity . It is designed to draw attention to the financial institutions that have avoided the effects of the economic crisis while ordinary workers and their families are made to suffer.
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According to Claire Casey of East Wall CAHWT : "For too long those who helped cause the economic crisis have gotten off too lightly. They have maintained their wealth, continue to make profits and have borne no responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, we have all been hammered, ordinary workers and their families have endured pay cuts, job losses, increasing living costs and more and more unfair taxes. Today we want to get our message out loud and clear - this is not our debt, and we're not paying".

Claire Casey went on to state: " PriceWaterhouseCoopers are one of the leading companies in an industry that designs and markets aggressive tax avoidance schemes. They create sham transactions, phoney losses and phantom assets to enable their clients to dodge taxes."

As an example of questionable financial behaviour she highlighted the well known details of Google Ireland , who with a turnover of €47.44 billion between 2005 and 2011 paid a mere €69.91 million in tax , a rate of just 0.14% .

Claire continued : " This is just one example. Ireland is internationally famous for it's facilitation of massive tax avoidance and it's poor financial regulations. At the same time draconian legislation is being introduced to allow the Government direct access to citizens wages, benefits and possibly even our private bank accounts. This is utterly unacceptable."

Todays occupation takes place to coincide with the Irish Business Enterprise Confederation (IBEC) C.E.O Conference 2013 , taking place in the National Convention Centre , Spencer Dock. PWC are amongst the sponsors of this event. Amongst the 400 high profile guests at this event are José Manuel Barrosa , Enda Kenny and Eamonn Gilmore . The presence of the Taoiseach and Government ministers at such a gathering is a clear indication of what we can expect in the coming years - more "business friendly" government policy , light touch 'enforcement' on the financial services and a continuance of the behaviour that put Ireland at the centre of the global economic collapse. Unfortunately , to allow this to happen it is necessary for the austerity agenda - an attack on the living standards of Irish Citizens- to continue . IBEC are not only in favour of a 'property tax' on the family home , they want it to be twice what is already proposed.

According to Bernie Hughes of Finglas CAHWT : "This IBEC conference will help set an agenda of protecting the wealthy and making everyone else pay . IBEC are a ruthless , greed driven organisation , that promote an anti worker agenda . They have consistently called for cuts in workers' pay and pensions. They even called for Property tax to be doubled , so that home owners could contribute more and business interests would pay less ".

Bernie Hughes continued: " The so called Property Tax is a tax on the family home , and along with the planned water charges and the just announced broadcasting charge represents a further squeezing of every last cent possible from working people . We should not be forced to pay for the sins of others , and we have to take a strong stance to oppose the attacks by Fine Gael and Labour , who are are simply following Fianna Fails lead and letting business interests make the decisions".

Price Waterhouse Cooper are a very well connected company , working extensively for both the private sector and the Irish Government. They acted as tax advisors to the disgraced Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) on the disastrous bottle glass site deal . Former Chairman of the DDDA , Donal O'Connor , was also on the board of Anglo Irish Bank, and was a partner in PWC. Incredibly , they were paid almost 5 million euro for advising the government on the bank guarantee , while having previously acted as bank auditors , and their assesment of Anglo Irish was incredibly inaccurate . They also compiled a report on water metering for Minister Phil Hogan .

The occupation of Price Waterhouse Cooper by CAHWT activists represents an escalation of protest action by the campaign , which is expected to increase in the coming months in opposition to the property tax. Financial institutions played a core role in the economic crisis and cannot be ignored by a campaign made up of those who are refusing to be made pay for their actions.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Live stream     Elric    Thu Feb 28, 2013 13:15 
   Image     Elric    Thu Feb 28, 2013 13:17 
   To Enda     Elric    Thu Feb 28, 2013 13:23 
   peaceful occupation     Elric    Thu Feb 28, 2013 13:49 
   Attila     Elric    Thu Feb 28, 2013 14:28 
   A book for the reading list.     Rational Ecologist.    Thu Feb 28, 2013 16:14 
   lets have more such occupations     fred    Thu Feb 28, 2013 21:40 
   Anti Property Tax Campaign occupation of Price Waterhouse Coopers     T    Fri Mar 01, 2013 00:10 
   no merit in seperate household and water tax..     Jane    Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:07 
 10   Time for CAHWT to oppose water fluoridation     john lagan    Sun Mar 03, 2013 14:13 
 11   lets stick to the main issue, choose our battles and try to avoid divisive issues and fragmentation     melgibson    Sun Mar 03, 2013 20:15 
 12   whats in a name     ironic    Sun Mar 03, 2013 21:13 
 13   Alternative water policies? @John Lagan and Mel Gibson     John B    Sun Mar 03, 2013 22:29 
 14   Broadening the CAHWT campaign     anon    Sun Mar 03, 2013 22:46 
 15   keep focussed and don't be naive     experienced activist    Sun Mar 03, 2013 23:04 
 16   Proposal     Jim Collins    Wed Mar 06, 2013 22:43 


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