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The Battle Against the Bin Tax

category dublin | bin tax / household tax / water tax | feature author Sunday August 07, 2005 12:46author by Mark P. (Socialist Party/Personal Capacity) Report this post to the editors

The Role of Socialists in the Working Class Movement

Update: Invasion Of The Wheelie Bin Snatchers

One of the most significant struggles to affect working class people in Ireland in recent years took place in the autumn of 2003. This battle was between the anti-bin tax campaigns and the combined power of the four councils covering the whole of Dublin, the Fianna Fail/PD coalition government and the Irish state. The battle against the bin tax exploded in September 2003 and was a dominant national issue for the rest of the year.

This peak of the ongoing campaign against the bin tax saw households across Dublin refusing to pay the charges, thousands of people taking to the streets, dozens of blockades of bin trucks and 22 people imprisoned. It also saw considerable disagreements emerge amongst different elements within the campaigns. The most visible of these disagreements was over the issue of blockading bin trucks in other areas of Dublin when the struggle in Fingal was underway. The Fingal Campaign and many activists in the rest of Dublin believed that it was necessary to escalate direct action across the entire city. Some others, particularly some forces within the City Council campaign, felt that doing so would be rash.

The Socialist Party, which has played a very prominent role in the anti-bin tax campaigns, has produced a lengthy document outlining what it sees as the key elements of these disagreements. This is not a straightforward historical account of the struggle. It attempts to record the main developments in the battle against the bin tax, deal with the role of socialists in the campaign and to draw lessons for future campaigns.

“The differences of approach that emerged relate directly to what is the best way to build campaigns and conduct struggles. They also relate to the role that socialists should play in the rebuilding of the working class movement, which everybody agrees will be a vital issue in the years ahead. The issues re-surfaced again in the build up to the local elections in June 2004 and have continued on the bin tax and around the debates on how and when to establish a new left party for working class people. The differences are current and very relevant and undoubtedly will come up again and therefore need to be clarified.”

RELATED LINKS
30,000 Word Socialist Party Document
Dermot Connolly On These Issues
Irish Socialist Network On The Campaign
Socialist Party Anti-Bin Tax Archive
Workers Solidarity Movement Anti-Bin Tax Articles
SWP Bin Tax Archive
Indymedia Ireland Bin Tax Campaigns Archive

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Great to see this campaign continuing ... !     Sharon.    Fri Aug 05, 2005 21:22 
   Internal Consumption     ex-Militant    Fri Aug 05, 2005 21:25 
   Soap opera and politics     Mark P    Fri Aug 05, 2005 21:48 
   StopTheBixTax website and general Internet activity     Terry    Sat Aug 06, 2005 00:48 
   Terry     hs    Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:16 
   Authorship issues     Curious    Sat Aug 06, 2005 13:13 
   Document was written by....     SP Member    Sat Aug 06, 2005 13:58 
   ??????????     Red Alert    Sat Aug 06, 2005 15:12 
   Zzzzzzz     worn out    Sat Aug 06, 2005 15:56 
 10   Product of discussion     author    Sat Aug 06, 2005 18:17 
 11   Redalert..     Billy Joe Armstrong    Sat Aug 06, 2005 18:23 
 12   Billy Joe Armstrong you're a f***ing liar     Binman    Sat Aug 06, 2005 19:38 
 13   Red Alert     hs    Sat Aug 06, 2005 19:46 
 14   Binman..     Billy Joe Armstrong    Sat Aug 06, 2005 21:18 
 15   For the record     recorder    Sat Aug 06, 2005 21:33 
 16   What is going on?     Mark P    Sat Aug 06, 2005 22:07 
 17   Another issue     Mark P    Sat Aug 06, 2005 22:30 
 18   typo     Mark P    Sat Aug 06, 2005 22:52 
 19   Serious Question     RS    Sat Aug 06, 2005 23:56 
 20   hs-sp     Red Alert    Sun Aug 07, 2005 15:33 
 21   Reply to RS     Mark P    Sun Aug 07, 2005 19:13 
 22   Mistakes     RS    Sun Aug 07, 2005 20:02 
 23   I agree with Mark P......     SP member    Sun Aug 07, 2005 20:07 
 24   'Tolerant regime - I think not....     Former CWI    Sun Aug 07, 2005 20:57 
 25   reply to RS     Mark P    Sun Aug 07, 2005 21:27 
 26   Red Alert     hs    Mon Aug 08, 2005 01:16 
 27   'AFTER THE BINTIFADA'     hs    Mon Aug 08, 2005 01:42 
 28   HS-SP     Red alert    Mon Aug 08, 2005 15:20 
 29   'whining' - or legitimate concern?     ex-CWI    Mon Aug 08, 2005 15:43 
 30   A final response on the woes of Throne     Mark P    Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:05 
 31   some initial thoughts on the article     John O'Neill    Mon Aug 08, 2005 17:17 
 32   To Red Alert     Enraged    Mon Aug 08, 2005 18:28 
 33   Three unconnected points     Mark P    Mon Aug 08, 2005 18:42 
 34   Bin Tax campaign     Dermot Lacey    Tue Aug 09, 2005 11:58 
 35   Ah Mark P     Interested    Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:08 
 36   Pure b****x. Don't believe the tripe.     Bullshit watch    Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:18 
 37   Thank you Dermot     Tom Joad    Tue Aug 09, 2005 12:18 
 38   Paraphrasing     Paraphraser    Tue Aug 09, 2005 14:01 
 39   Battle Against our own Side     Robbie S*n*o*t    Tue Aug 09, 2005 14:24 
 40   Responses     Mark P    Tue Aug 09, 2005 14:38 
 41   Now now Mark     BS Watch    Tue Aug 09, 2005 14:54 
 42   In Brief     D    Tue Aug 09, 2005 15:05 
 43   Mark - do you write your own stuff?     City activist    Tue Aug 09, 2005 16:46 
 44   to Robbie Snot     Bob Avak    Tue Aug 09, 2005 17:44 
 45   Mark/city activist     Bob Avak    Tue Aug 09, 2005 17:53 
 46   I was going to.........     Dermot Lacey    Tue Aug 09, 2005 18:40 
 47   One bit unanswered     RS    Tue Aug 09, 2005 18:47 
 48   Hello Dermot     binner    Wed Aug 10, 2005 01:20 
 49   Left Vote     binner    Wed Aug 10, 2005 01:30 
 50   Replies     Mark P    Wed Aug 10, 2005 01:47 
 51   dermot     not labour    Wed Aug 10, 2005 01:48 
 52   The extract     SP document    Wed Aug 10, 2005 01:48 
 53   it was kind of sickening that the greens were on the wrong side     green tea    Wed Aug 10, 2005 02:20 
 54   Dermot Lacey's viewing of Life Of Brian     John    Thu Aug 11, 2005 00:30 
 55   Bob Avak     Robbie S*n*o*t    Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:13 
 56   Reply to John     Dermot Lacey    Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:40 
 57   Slur     Veteran Protestor    Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:52 
 58   An answer to Robbie     SP Member    Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:04 
 59   Rent a Crowd     Been at it for 28 years off to another protestthis afternoon    Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:31 
 60   Doesn't surprise me!!     Bemused    Thu Aug 11, 2005 12:49 
 61   Looking Forward     Colm Breathnach    Thu Aug 11, 2005 13:52 
 62   Mr Lacey     John O'Neill    Thu Aug 11, 2005 14:32 
 63   Replies to Robbie and Colm     Mark P    Thu Aug 11, 2005 19:17 
 64   no aligned     *    Thu Aug 11, 2005 19:31 
 65   Response to *     MP    Thu Aug 11, 2005 19:45 
 66   MP -- what is factually inaccurate about "green tea"'s post?     R. Isible    Thu Aug 11, 2005 19:56 
 67   green tea is good for you     an imcer    Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:08 
 68   What the hell?     MP    Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:14 
 69   Overrun?     R. Isible    Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:20 
 70   fresh Mint leaves, sugar hot water and 'gunpowder tea' I think?     green tea    Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:28 
 71   RIsible / greentea     Mark P (MP)    Thu Aug 11, 2005 20:47 
 72   Communications     Mark P    Thu Aug 11, 2005 21:00 
 73   mark / Comminications etc     green tea    Thu Aug 11, 2005 21:28 
 74   This report is from and for left democrats in US but relevant in communication terms     green tea    Thu Aug 11, 2005 22:20 
 75   Any comments from SIPTU?     A SIPTU Activist    Fri Aug 12, 2005 03:21 
 76   Question for siptu activist     green tea    Fri Aug 12, 2005 03:40 
 77   Bin Men     Non-SIPTU    Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:27 
 78   Thoughts on communication     seedot    Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:47 
 79   Right-of-Replyism     Robbie S*n*o*t    Fri Aug 12, 2005 17:44 
 80   Robbie / seedot     Mark P    Fri Aug 12, 2005 19:15 
 81   hegemonic struggles     seedot    Sat Aug 13, 2005 02:01 
 82   Administering the tax     Jimbo    Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:06 
 83   Suggestion     Litter Lilly    Mon Aug 15, 2005 11:14 
 84   Collins and Connolly not socialists     reality    Mon Aug 15, 2005 21:49 
 85   On that last claim     Mark P    Mon Aug 15, 2005 23:38 
 86   Lying Liars     Truth maker    Mon Aug 15, 2005 23:47 
 87   'revolutionary demands'     green tea    Tue Aug 16, 2005 00:29 
 88   Response to Jimbo     seedot    Mon Aug 29, 2005 02:38 
 89   Excellent seedot     Non-payer    Mon Aug 29, 2005 11:43 
 90   A reply     Mark P    Mon Aug 29, 2005 13:06 
 91   Quibble with seedot     Chekov    Mon Aug 29, 2005 13:20 
 92   séamus     joe    Mon Aug 29, 2005 14:58 
 93   A lost cause     Peter    Mon Aug 29, 2005 15:12 
 94   response     Chekov    Mon Aug 29, 2005 16:08 
 95   Compare and contrast - 'not about RESISTANCE'     Confused    Mon Aug 29, 2005 16:44 
 96   Oh what a surprise     chekov    Mon Aug 29, 2005 17:21 
 97   thanks a lot     dermot connolly    Mon Aug 29, 2005 19:04 
 98   Socialist Party= Dubs 'r' us     Joe    Tue Aug 30, 2005 04:49 
 99   co-operative socialism?     seedot    Wed Aug 31, 2005 00:48 
 100   just saw this     Chekov    Thu Sep 01, 2005 01:14 
 101   Resistance continues     Peter    Thu Sep 01, 2005 13:11 
 102   More on failures of Bin Tax campaign     Terry    Thu Sep 01, 2005 14:10 
 103   some thoughts     seedot    Thu Sep 01, 2005 17:16 
 104   another response     Chekov    Thu Sep 01, 2005 20:23 
 105   Here is the real reason for the bin tax     Greenback    Thu Sep 01, 2005 20:32 
 106   A question for Dermot Connolly.....     Confused    Thu Sep 01, 2005 23:23 
 107   Kronfused     boyranger    Fri Sep 02, 2005 00:19 
 108   I wouldn't know     Confused    Fri Sep 02, 2005 00:23 
 109   says it all     boyranger    Fri Sep 02, 2005 00:58 
 110   Doesn't answer my question     Confused    Fri Sep 02, 2005 01:03 
 111   just ask captain haddock     boyranger    Fri Sep 02, 2005 01:35 
 112   Crumbs?     Michael Gallagher    Mon Sep 12, 2005 21:52 
 113   North Inner City     Michael Gallagher    Tue Sep 13, 2005 19:19 
 114   Remind me Michael     Dermot Lacey    Tue Sep 13, 2005 20:08 
 115   Result     SH    Tue Sep 13, 2005 20:17 
 116   Referendum - SH     Michael Gallagher    Wed Sep 14, 2005 01:29 
 117   Dermot Lacey     question    Wed Sep 14, 2005 01:51 
 118   Reply     Dermot Lacey    Wed Sep 14, 2005 10:40 
 119   representative democracy in action     seedot    Wed Sep 14, 2005 13:07 
 120   Move on?     Michael Gallagher    Wed Sep 14, 2005 13:51 
 121   Quie simply     Dermot Lacey    Wed Sep 14, 2005 16:12 
 122   Who are my comrades Dermot?     seedot    Wed Sep 14, 2005 16:45 
 123   Thats right Seedot     SH    Wed Sep 14, 2005 17:21 
 124   support     Buck    Sat Nov 12, 2005 04:52 


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