Over 100,000 Protest in Dublin Over Irish Economy
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Over 100,000 people marched in Dublin, Ireland Saturday to protest the government's handling of inflations, job loss and economy. The march was organized by Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), and many of the demonstrators were protesting plans to impose a pension levy on public sector workers.
The government said the levy was
the reality that we are not in a position to continue to meet the public service pay bill in the circumstances of declining revenue.
Sally-Anne Kinahan, Ictu's secretary general, told the BBC:
Our priority is about ensuring that people are looked after, the interests of people are looked after, not the interests of big business or the wealthy
The Itcu is offering a ten-point plan which is
not perfect but that it was the best offer that it [the Government] would get
said Ictu general secretary David Begg. Additionally Begg called for the nationalization of the banks and said that
if the taxpayer was taking responsibility for the cost of the â‚¬300 million in l oans for the ten members of the so-called â€œgolden circleâ€ who were involved in investing in Anglo Irish Bank that the people were entitled to know their identities at the very least.
Also marching were working from the private sector where the economic crisis has been deeply felt. Delegations from Waterford Crystal and SR Technics, two especially hard hit companies, led the march which began in Parnell Street and moved to Merrion Square.