Richard Boyd Barrett TD urges everyone to come to the Dail Budget night to protest against austerity.
Over 2,500 people take to the streets against austerity on Saturday in Dublin. The United Left Alliance had a lively contingent on the march, which included teachers from the INTO, TUI, ASTI and workers from UNITE, Impact, CPSU and other trade unions.
Speaking on the day, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit-United Left Alliance said, “We are calling on workers, the unemployed, pensioners, students and others unfairly targeted with EU-IMF directed austerity- who took to the streets this weekend, in advance of the budget, to tell the government and the troika that people cannot take any more of this brutally unfair and economically stupid austerity.
We believe we need people power to resist the agenda where working people and vulnerable sectors of society are being forced to pay for the criminal greed and gambling of banks, speculators and wealthy elites.
It is absolutely outrageous that in the forthcoming budget, the government are now contemplating cuts in child benefit, rent allowance, prescription and medical card charges, a household tax, further education cuts and fees, or VAT increases. These measures will impose untold suffering on hundreds of thousands of working people, the unemployed and the poor, when they are already near breaking point.
This sort of austerity has to stop, not just because of the terrible misery and unfairness it is imposing on huge numbers of citizens but also because it simply is not working – it is making the crisis in this country and across Europe. After two and half years of austerity, the evidence is clear, both here and across Europe, these policies are worsening the crisis and threatening to turn a recession into an all-out slump. So we are calling on the public to follow the example of people in Greece, Spain, Italy and even the US, and to resist this brutal and misguided policy of cuts and austerity.”
The march organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions, marched to the GPO and was addressed by workers from the community sector, cleaning workers and more. The speeches were followed by an assembly hosted by the Alliance Against Austerity.