This is a repost of a report by the WSM on the Water Charges protest last Saturday April 8th.
Thousands of protesters converged on Connolly and Heuston stations in Dublin yesterday as part of the 9th national demonstration against the water charges. The demonstration was called by Right2Water, the umbrella group of left wing political parties and trade unions, as part of an effort to pressurise the government to abandon their attempts to implement water charges.
Local anti-water charge groups, trade unions and political parties were in attendance, with speakers from other campaigns present also. Vera Twomey spoke on her ongoing campaign to access treatment for her seriously ill daughter, who desperately requires regular access to the currently restricted cannabis based CBD oil to treat her epilepsy.
National Bus and Railworkers Union representative Mike Fitzgerald spoke on the continuing industrial action taking place in the transport network and how workers have no choice but to strike in the face of massive proposed cutbacks.
This deliberate under-investment in a vital public service is a tried and tested method of softening it up for privatisation. Notably, the very presence of a public transport utility is due to the historic failure of the preceding private sector companies to provide the necessary services to the public.
While the State continues to pursue a neo-liberal privatisation strategy for transferring public wealth to the billionaire class, working class organisers must be as persistent in opposing that strategy, while building our own capacities to move towards a society that is geared towards providing for need, not for greed.
Footage from behind the main stage of some of the thousands of people out protesting water charges