Teachers union to fight property tax

At the final day of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI) annual conference, delegates overwhelmingly agreed to oppose the contentious property tax.

In recent weeks, homeowners across the country have received correspondence from revenue instructing them to pay property tax rates in accordance to the value of their property.

Addressing the congress in Galway today, Kenneth Sloane of Dundalk IT said the tax was part of an austerity policy which has failed the country.

Mr Sloane said teachers had “paid considerable amounts of stamp duty” on homes including many bought at the peak of the construction boom.

He described the property tax as “another attack” on trade union members such as the TUI.

The TUI represents over 14,000 second level teachers and third level lecturers.

The motion carried at the congress “condemned the sustained attack on workers take home pay, the loading of extra taxes and the cuts to benefits.”

The union will now campaign against the property tax.


This is a potentially very significant development. If the TUI’s opposition to Croke Park II was to extend to taking militant industrial action and that was to spread to other unions more directly involved with the operation of the Revenue and other core government departments then we could possibly see the development of a united front between anti-Croke Park II and anti-Property Tax forces that would strengthen both fights against the common governmental enemy.

In fact this kind of development represents the only real hope for the CAHWT as against the  electoralist deadend path the SP and others seem determined to take the campaign down.


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