Issue #60 of Direct Action, with articles on the uselessness of the union leadership, a British Rail dispute, sabotage in food production, a poll tax demo in Manchester, a national strike by public sector union NALGO, gentrification by Lewisham's Labour-left council, a major docks strike, a victory for Andorran miners, a deportation struggle, a rank-and-file healthworkers' perspective, an article from the WSA about the ozone layer, a blockade against the Hinkley nuclear power plant, an update on prisoner Martin Foran, deaths in police custody, a thin-skinned former RUC chief, an advert for a pamphlet about the FORA, and more.
Direct Action #60 (August-September 1989)
Chapter 1: A Hated Tax
The Poll Tax was a flat rate tax. It was not based on ability to pay. Everyone over eighteen was liable. Rich and poor paid the same. The millionaire paid the same as the toilet attendant. The lawyer paid the same as the shop assistant. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her multi-millionaire husband paid the same as their gardener. The tax, officially called the Community Charge, was dubbed the Poll Tax…