Against the cutbacks

Across the country we stand opposed to the Austerity measures which are being forced upon the most vulnerable in order to rescue the defenders of privilege.

In the six counties, the Stormont administration aping the British Government is now gearing up to launch vicious attacks upon the most vulnerable in our society. They will slash the income of families on benefits, penalising illness with callous ‘restructuring’ of the system which looks after those out of work due to illness, and even threatening the roofs over the heads of ordinary working class people with a deeply cynical ‘bed room tax’.

In the twenty six, counties we reject totally the notion that the Irish people are responsible for any ‘debt‘ which occurred following the so called ‘IMF bailout’.

We call on 26 county governments to reverse the process by which the IMF can influence legislative changes in Ireland, which are an affront to Irish Sovereignty and contrary to the common good of the Irish working class.

In Belfast RNU have embarked upon a campaign of calling in to ‘Jobs and Benefits’ offices directly appealing to government workers not to implement the savage ‘Welfare Reform Bill’.

RNU, Republican Network for Unity. Oppose Austerity Belfast
RNU Belfast hand out ‘Anti-cuts’ leaflets to the public outside a benefits office. 2012

An estimated £600 million per year is to be grabbed from the poorest families in the six Counties, as a cap of £500 a week is placed upon unemployed & sick households here.

Changes to housing benefit will leave parents – whose children have moved out of the family home – expected to pay for vacated rooms or move to a smaller house, an appalling prospect for already hard hit citizens.

And as if this wasn’t bad enough, people on benefits will now face the prospect of losing their benefits altogether if they refuse to take up low paid unsuitable work.

To claim that this is a move towards getting people into work is a blatant lie. Jobs are not there, taking £600 million a year from the local economy is not to create jobs.

The Tory’s are conducting Class War on the poorest here, Catholic and Protestant alike, in an attempt to blame them for the global financial crash, and to force them into low paid jobs which suits their friends in the business elite.

This was a process which should have been resisted; all the political parties could have issued a ‘petition of concern’. That they did not is a shame on them.

Inside the Jobs & Benefits offices, workers are encouraged to resist the ‘Welfare Reform Bill’
Inside the Jobs & Benefits offices, workers are encouraged to resist the ‘Welfare Reform Bill’

We hold that it will only be through a build up and manifestation of community anger and resistance (including strike action, mass mobilisation & civil disobedience) that these brutal and unfair austerity measures will be sufficiently resisted.

For this reason we assist in the building of marches rally’s and pickets in opposition to austerity measures across Ireland.