Waterford workers call on politicians to support an amendment to the Finance Bill in a bid to ease the PAYE tax system.
Most of the demonstrators who arrived into Heuston Station in Dublin on a specially chartered train were workers at the Waterford Crystal factory, others came from Dungarvan. The majority of them were members of the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union.
After an hour long delay, the demonstrators made their way to Leinster House watched by a small contingent of An Garda Siochána.
The demonstration was in support of amendments being made to the Finance Bill put forward by the Independent Teachta Dála (TD) from Louth Michael Bell, to increase tax free allowances.
A small delegation was allowed inside the gates of Leinster House to lobby public representatives from the Waterford area. They also met the Workers' Party leader Tomás Mac Giolla.
The protest organised was organised with the supported by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions (DCTU). Ben Carney, DCTU chairman told demonstrators the trade unions were seeking to change what he called
The inequitable tax system.
This sees industrial workers paying the lion’s share of tax and has proven to be a grave burden.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 May 1983. The reporter is Michael Ronayne.