Statement from Seamus Healy TD on behalf of The Workers and Unemployed Action Group (South Tipperary)   087-2802199

Workers and Unemployed Action Group Leaves United Left Alliance

Workers and Unemployed Action Group (South Tipperary) at its Annual General Meeting has unanimously decided to withdraw from the United Left Alliance. WUAG will continue to campaign against government austerity, cuts in public services , against  the household charge/property tax and  for fair taxation including a wealth tax and  higher taxes on the incomes  of the super-rich.

Immediately after Mick Wallace TD announced that he had withheld tax from the revenue commissioners, WUAG proposed that the ULA call for his resignation from the Dáil. This proposal was vetoed by the Socialist Party. WUAG then publicly called for his resignation in its own name. We have continued with our efforts to persuade our allies of our point of view without success. A short time ago, we again formally proposed that the ULA call for his resignation. On this occasion our proposal was vetoed by People Before Profit/Socialist Workers Party in addition to the Socialist Party. As an organisation  committed to tax equity and defence of public services, we now believe that we can more effectively campaign for these objectives outside the United Left Alliance.

In recent months we have become increasingly concerned by the factional activity of the Socialist Workers Party which is a component of the People Before Profit  Alliance.  The SWP has prioritised recruitment to the SWP over building the ULA. This was clear from an internal bulletin issued to its members on February 2nd last which has received wide circulation. Our efforts to persuade our allies to desist from this approach have been unsuccessful. A short time ago WUAG formally proposed that the ULA call on the SWP to withdraw the bulletin. This proposal was vetoed by the Socialist Party and People Before Profit Alliance/SWP.

It is regrettable that our allies have refused to prioritise the building of the ULA at a time when working people are being subjected to unprecedented attacks and the betrayal of workers interests by the Labour Party is being ever more clearly exposed.

The objective of WUAG has always been the formation of an alternative to the Labour Party with wide popular support on the basis of rejection in principle of coalition with conservative parties. We believe that we can now  better  further this objective outside the ULA. Accordingly we will shortly register as a national political party and seek support at national level. The foundation stone of the new party will be rejection in principle of coalition with conservative parties such as Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.  Participation in such coalitions has repeatedly devastated the political arm of the labour movement. This is evident again to-day.

WUAG is the largest political labour movement body in the South Tipperary constituency. It has received far greater support than the Labour Party in the South Tipp constituency in several recent general elections. It is the largest party on Clonmel Borough Corporation holding 5 of the twelve seats, and holds two seats on South Tipperary Co Council, and a seat on Carrick-on-Suir Town Council.

We hope to build on this success at national level.

Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199