Fear of people power and protest is what’s pushing government to back-track on waste charges, say PBP.


In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett of the People Before Profit Alliance has urged the public to join a protest outside the Dail next Tuesday June 21st at 7pm to help secure the passing of a AAA-PBP motion directed at preventing the enormous hike in waste charges planned by private waste companies.
Deputy Boyd Barrett said fear of water charge scale protests was the only reason that Parties such as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who previously supported the privatisation of waste services, we’re now back-tracking and promising action to rein in the waste charges companies.

The AAA-PBP motion will be debated in the Dail on Tuesday between 8pm and 10pm. The vote on the motion will take place next Thursday afternoon

Richard Boyd Barrett said:
” People power and protest is the key to defeating this outrageous attempt by greedy private waste companies to ratchet up household waste charges. It is absolutely obvious that that the government and political establishment, generally, are absolutely terrified by the prospect of water charge style protests on this issue of waste charge hikes. That’s the only reason they are now back-tracking on their own bankrupt waste charge policy.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were the people who privatised waste collection and opened up this essential service to the profiteering of the unscrupulous and greedy private waste companies, that we are now witnessing. The only reason they are now trying to disassociate themselves from the consequences of their own policies, is because they are afraid of another popular street rebellion. We cannot trust the parties who promoted privatisation to deal with the inevitable consequences of privatisation – that’s why it is absolutely vital that we get people out on the streets outside the Dail this week to ensure this motion is passed. Otherwise, the government will simply try and diffuse this issue and allow the waste companies to sneak these hikes in through the back door over the coming years.

So, we are appealing to people who are rightly furious about this unbelievable profiteering and extortion by the waste mafia, to get outside the Dail this Tuesday evening to force the government, Fianna Fáil and others to support this motion.”