A People Before Profit Alliance activist meeting, today, Saturday, 31st, sent a message of support to Waterford Crystal workers, occupying the company's Kilbarry plant since Friday.
Speaking live from Dublin by phone link to representatives from the Unite Union, Eddie Conlon of the People Before Profit Alliance, conveyed the support of the activist meeting of around 100 activists to the workers of Waterford Crystal.
Also, today, over 2,000 people took part in a protest in Waterford in support of the workers.
People Before Profit Alliance in Ballyfermot and Clondalkin are calling on local people to support busworkers and fight cuts to the bus services in their area.
Dublin Bus is to lay off 300 employees and cut 120 routes across the city. This amounts to one tenth of the total bus service.
Brid Smith (People Before Profit candidate for Ballyfermot/Drimnagh) said today that “these cuts to services will hit the most vulnerable the hardest. Route 206 which services the Drumfinn area five times per day will be gone.
Drumfinn is an area that fought hard to get a service for its aging population who will have genuine difficulty making the long trek to the main road.
Route 78A will have at least 20 departures per day cut from the existing timetable. Everyone knows that this is one of the most used buses in Dublin. There will most certainly be longer gaps between bus services on the 78A.
By undermining the frequency of the service in this area Dublin Bus will force people away from using the buses and lead to further cuts and more redundancies.”
Gino Kenny from Clondalkin People Before Profit said “Any cuts to Route 78A will be devastating for the people of North Clondalkin who rely on this service to get to work, to town , to schools and hospitals.
The effects of the massive education march on December 6th, which saw over 70,000 people on the streets are being felt.
People Before Profit Alliance local election candidate in the North Inner City area, Colm Stepehens expressed his shock at the announcement on 10 December that Dublin City Council’s plans to regenerate Croke Villas using a ‘Public Private Partnership’ (PPP) scheme have collapsed. According to the City Council it has not been possible to negotiate a deal with the developer (Bennett Developments) because of the ‘economic climate and global credit crunch’.
He commented that “Because the developer cannot be guaranteed a profit from the sale of the private part of the development, the whole plan collapses and nothing gets built” and added that “We shouldn’t forget that developer has numerous state contracts including a €55 million project for new government offices in Trim, Co. Meath. The company made a profit of €4.5 million in 2007 but only paid a measly €2,642 in tax! And that was after it paid the directors over €5.8 million in ‘emoluments’!” *
The People Before Profit Alliance believes that it demonstrates the craziness of depending on millionaire private developers to provide public services. Colm Stephens commented that “There is no sign of the millionaires in Bennett Developments showing any solidarity to the taxpayer who gave them massive contracts – so much for their ‘patriotic duty’!”