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Sinn Féin MLAs unanimously back water charges strike action

4 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has welcomed the unanimous support of the Sinn Féin Assembly team to his motion supporting the industrial action announced this week by trade unions opposing the introduction of water charges.

Coming of the decision of the Sinn Féin Assembly team, Francie Molloy, who head the party's campaign against the introduction of water charges said:

"Sinn Féin unanimously back the industrial action initiated by the trade unions in opposition to the proposed water charges.

"It is important that across the political spectrum we put aside our differences and concentrate on how we can stop the plans to impose these unfair water charges. Our focus must be on stopping these British government plans because their impact will be devastating.

"The current proposals will hit those least able to pay hardest - Those most vulnerable would be the elderly both single and married couples. Single parents that are employed and pay for childcare while at work will also have difficulties with separate water charges as will people that care for close relatives and in many cases do not declare their unpaid voluntary care work.

"This is in essence another form of taxation - the backdoor stealth taxes that have become the trademark of Tony Blair's British Labour Party. It is a regressive form of taxation. It should not be down to people to pay for the investment that successive British governments have failed to deliver.

"This is an issue that unites politicians, trade unionists and community activists from across the spectrum." ENDS

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