October 2012        

Turning a human right into a commodity


The government continues to press ahead with its strategy of turning a human right—access to clean water—into a profit resource for some transnational corporation in the near future.
     The cost of putting water meters into 1.3 million houses and flats is now estimated at €1.2 billion, according to the Local Authorities Professional Officers. This cost will be borne by the taxpayer. And it comes at a time when workers are being fleeced with new levies, the universal social charge, increased taxes, and a new property tax. The transnational water corporations must be salivating at the thought of the profits to be had from the commercialisation of this basic human necessity.

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