Unions look to send a powerful political message to the government as 16,000 workers take to the streets seeking fairer taxation.

A sombre, silent protest took place through the streets of Dublin with trade unions demanding fairness in the tax system.

It was the biggest turnout of workers on the streets since the last big tax march in the spring of 1980.

A letter of protest was handed into the Taoiseach at government buildings by officers of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions. The protests were in reaction to the increases in Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI), which reflected according to protesters, the inequity and regressive nature of the entire tax system.  

The Transport Union, Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union (ATGWU),  the Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI), and the National Bus Union (NBU), were all strongly represented on the march. At the General Post Office (GPO), the protesters congregated en masse and speakers repeated the consistent message of the general trade union movement.

Workers would pay their fair share of taxation provided all sectors did likewise, and the union leadership would continue to press all politicians for a better deal.

Leader of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) Ben Carney addressed the crowd saying,

We don't only live in sections of the community, we represent the entire community and let our voice be heard clear.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 May 1982. The reporter is Pat Sweeney.