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Page 10-Wednesday, March 21, 1979-The Michigan Daily

Huge tax strike halts

Ireland

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From AP and Reuter
DUBLIN, Ireland - Half a million
Irishmen - half the country's workfor-
ce - went on a crippling strike yester-.
day to protest taxes. Some 250,000 mar-
chers staged the biggest demonstration
in the republic's history.
The strike, called for 24 hours,
brought industry in many parts of the
country to a standstill, stopped bus and
train services, closed many shops and
schools, cut electricity and halted
dockside operations.
THE MARCH on Parliament in
Dublin was the biggest since the
republic was founded 57 years ago.
Downtown traffic was snarled and
halted in the Irish capital as grim-faced
strikers strode eight-abreast behind
labor union banners.
Strikers are demanding a new, and
what they call a fairer tax system to
ease the burden on wage earners.
Unions say wage and salary earners
pay an estimated 17 per cent of their in-
come in taxes while farmers and other
self-employed persons pay an
estimated one per cent.
"We were confident of getting sup-
port from the workers but this massive
turnout shows the depth of feeling there
is about the tax system," said Mrs. May
Clifford, president of the Dublin Council
of Trade Unions which called the strike.
THE MARCHERS wound their way
in bright sunshine down O'Connell
Street, the capital's main thoroughfare,
past shuttered offices, stores, super-
markets, shops, and restaurants.
Businesses closed as employees left
to join yesterday's march.
Few buses ran, most shops and
taverns closed and Her Lingus, the

idustries
national airline, had to cancel 20 flights
because airport workers participated in
the march.
Mrts, Clifford handed over a letter ad-
dressed to Premier Jack Lynnh,
demanding new tax laws.
THE DUBLIN Council of Trade
Unions originally estimated the num
ber of strikers throughout the country
at 200,000 and the number of marchers
in Dublin at 100,000. As the march got
underway, and information flowed in,.
the council said the figures were more
than doubled.
But the country's main employers'
organization, the Confederation of Irish
Industries, condemned the strike and
estimated it could cost the republic six
million pounds, or about $12 million in
lost production.
Liam Connellan, director general of
the Confederation of Irish Industries,
said, "Ldon't think it solves anything to
stop industrial output which is the thing
that creates jobs. We are only
damaging ourselves and the total
economy."
THE STRIKERS reckon they have
lost two million pounds or $4 million in
pay during the one-day strike and the
government about 200,000 pounds or
$400,000 dollars in lost tax revenue.
d Worker resentment over tax laws
has been simmering for several years
in the nation of only three million.
According to the present tax system,
a married Irish worker with no children
on a salary of 12,600 dollars would pay
more than 2,600 dollars in tax.
John Sullivan defeated Jake Kilrain
in 75 rounds in 1889 in the last bare-
knuckled fight for the heavyweight
championship.

OVER 100,000 Irish workers crowded the streets of Dublinystry during the AP h hot oo
OVE 10,00 Iis wokes cowdd he tretsofDubinyesterday duigth than half a million people backing tax 'reform participated in the nation-wide
anti-income tax strike which brought most of Ireland's businesses to a halt. More strike.

ANN ARBOR'S 1st

Kahn criticizes huge
corporate profit jump

(Continued from Page 1)
tually declined last year per dollar of
output, from 7.1 cents in 1977 to seven
cents.
The Commerce Department also
reported that the economy expanded at
SHOCKING WATER
LOMBARD, Ill. (AP)-Water is
popularly known as a good conductor of
electricity-but pure water doesn't
conduct electricity, according to the
Water Quality Association.
"The technology exists to make
water so pure it is at) electrical in-
sulator," a spokesman said. "It's called
18 .megohm water, and industry is
producing it by the millions of gallons a
day."
Such water is sused for rinsing
semiconductors and microcircuits,
where the slightest impurity could spell
trouble, he explained.
"A person could stand in a pool of this
ultra-pure water, with a live wire
touching it, and not be harmed," he ad-
ded.

a 6.9 per cent annual rate in the final
quarter as measured by the gross
national product, up from the 6.5 per
cent gain estimated previously. GNP
for all of 1978 increased by an even four
per cent.
AN ANALYSIS by Citibank of New
York said real corporate earnings in-
creased about eight per cent after
discounting for the effect of inflation
and taxes. However, 1978 still was "a
banner year for stockholders, cor-
porate treasurers and. . . tax collec-
tors," it said. .
Kahn said the Council on Wage and
Price Stability, of which he is chair-
man, will soon publish the names of
corporations that have been in violation
of the administration's price restraint
program.
In a speech last week, he said while
most large corporations appear to be in
compliance with the program - aimed
at holding 1979 price increases below
the levels of the past two years - many
medium-sized and small firms ap-
parently are not cooperating.

Townhouse tenants
allege racism, neglect

By SeanO'Casey
March 21 24. 1979
Truc',Aood Theatre 8 PM
University Showcase
Product Kon,
Tickets $20? P.T.P. Office
in The Michigan League
764-0450

RED
ROSES
FOR
ME

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(Continued from Page 1)
The federally run Co-op was designed
to accommodate moderate income
households, but Restreppo said that a
tenant who drops below the moderate
income level is entitled to retain their
resident status as long as they keep up
with rental payments. Restreppo
denied that he in any way
discriminated against or harassed
tenants who failed to meet these
payments.
"To me, everyone is yellow-that's
the color of our payment cards," said
Restreppo.
The manager went on to say that
because there are 604 residents, he
must run the complex somewhat im-
pelsonally. "There is no room in this
business to be sympathetic," he said.
MANY TENANTS have also accused-
Restreppo of failing to run the Co-op in
the open manner laid out by the by-laws
of the complex. "He (Restreppo) is
University Townhouses right now. He's
running the whole thing," said Thomas.
Restreppo, however, said he en-
courges members of the Co-op's board
to run the Co-op in an open manner.
"We have the most openly run Co-op of
all the Co-ops in town," he said.
But residents have complained that
Restreppo frequently charges fines and
attempts to evict them without in-
vestigation into the matters at hand. "A

neighbor can complain about you and
the management will send you a letter
and threaten to evict you without any
investigation into the accusation," said
tenant Judy Johnson.
JOHNSON SAID she received a
"threatening" letter from Restreppo
which accused Johnson's little boy o
having stolen a sled from another child.
According to Johnson, the letter was.
launched without any prior in-
vestigation, and threatened to evict the
Johnson family if the boy didn't return
thesled.
Since Restreppo took over six and a
half years ago, many tenants claim tha
there has been a general decline in th
quality of the Co-op. "Seven or eight
years ago this was a beautiful place,"
said Thomas. "The grass used to look
like a golf course. Now it's never taken
care of. The basketball courts are
ruined and haven't been any good for
the past three or four years. Main-
tenance men were always here. It's
hard to even get in touch with main-
tenance now.
Although Chris Strempek of the Ann
Arbor Tenants Union said he is unsure
of what legal action can be taken again-
st the management at this time, he said
attempts are being made to organize
the tenants at University Townhouses
for a possible rent strike or some kind
of retalitory legal action.

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