"Tax the worker 'til we have nothing." Thats how a Gorey woman described the Universal Social Charge when talking to Wexford Sinn Féin activists yesterday. Wexford Sinn Féin were staging the protest against the controversial tax, handing out leaflets explaining why the USC is an unfair tax, and asking passersby to sign postcards to the minister calling for the immediate abolishment of this cruel charge.
"A tax on the working-poor", was how Labour leader Eamon Gilmore described the Universal Social Charge last February. What a difference an election can make! Last week, Labour members of Wexford Borough Council joined their Fine Gael comrades in voting against Sinn Féin Cllr Anthony Kellys motion calling for the abolishment of the USC.
Enniscorthy Sinn Féin Cllr Johnny Mythen got on better. His motion calling for the abolishment of the USC was passed unanimously by Enniscorthy town council last month. The Fine Gael and Labour members were only too happy to endorse a motion that not only went against their government, but also went against their party colleagues living a few miles down the road.
Is there a split in the County Wexford branches of Fine Gael and the Labour party? Surely this made all the papers? No, it didnt make any of them... strange that.
Wexford Sinn Féin have vowed to continue their fight against the unfair Universal Social Charge and will be taking the campaign to your town soon.