In the past few days several working class communities on the south side of Dublin have successfully resisted the attempts of Irish Water to install water meters. The meters are part of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition’s attempt to impose water taxes on homes, the latest measure in their vicious austerity crusade against the working class in the south of Ireland.
On Monday, people on the Sandyford Park housing estate in south Dublin stopped Irish Water in its tracks. They were only able to dig up a few shores for the fitting of boundary boxes, before residents and their supporters from other areas forced the halting of work and, the next day, made Irish Water fill in Monday’s holes with cement.
Irish Water was also forced to remove its vehicles from nearby Bearna Park housing estate, as residents made it obvious they would physically prevent the installation of meters.
The victories at Bearna Park and Sandyford Park follow on from successes last Friday at the Ballyogan and Moreen housing estates, where resistance brought a halt to attempts to install meters.
These skirmishes and victories are being repeated across the city and around the south of Ireland.
While these are simply battles, and the war will continue, one of the striking features of these struggles is how prepared workers in Ireland are to physically resist the imposition of austerity measures such as the water tax, face down the cops and the state, and break the law.
New Zealand workers could do with a bloody great dose of the fighting spirit of the Irish!