Mandate Trade Union calls for Withdrawal of Household Charge and introduction of fair Property Tax
Friday 09 March 2012, 03pm
The Mandate Trade Union has called on the Government to withdraw the €100 Household Charge on the basis that it is unfair and regressive. However, the union’s National Executive Committee has said it will support the Government in introducing a fair and progressive property tax.
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Mandate Trade Union – one of Ireland’s largest unions – represents over 45,000 workers in the retail and bar trades.
John Douglas, Mandate General Secretary, said that a fair property tax is needed. “One of the causes of the country’s current economic difficulties was the frittering away of the tax base under successive Governments and our over-reliance on transaction taxes like Stamp Duty. In order to rectify this situation we need to put a proper tax system in place and a property tax needs to be part of that – however, one that is fair and progressive.”
Mr Douglas said that Mandate believes that it