One of Ireland's largest unions has launched a blistering attack on U2 frontman Bono for defending the 12.5 per cent tax rate on corporations enjoyed by multinationals such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. Unite, which represents 100,000 workers, said Bono's statement would be regarded with derision by Irish people suffering deprivation and poverty. It was referring to Bono's remarks in the Observer : "We are a tiny little country, we don't have scale, and our version of scale is to be innovative and to be clever, and tax competitiveness has brought our country the only prosperity we've known. "That's how we got these [tech] companies here. Little countries, we don't have natural resources, we have to be able to attract people … There are more hospitals and firemen and teachers because of [the tax] policy." But Unite pointed out that one in four Irish people endured social deprivation, according to official statistics. Unite researcher Mike Taft said: "The one in four who suffer deprivation as well as the tens of thousands of others having to put up with six years of austerity will regard Bono's remarks with total derision. "Wages in Ireland are well below the European average and for six years we have seen public services smashed apart due to austerity cuts, and here we have Bono talking about low corporation tax bringing us prosperity." U2 have come under fire for their own personal tax schemes. In 2006, the band moved the firm that runs their global music empire to a finance house in the Netherlands so that it would pay less tax than if it had stayed in Ireland. U2 manager Paul McGuinness defended the move, saying 95 per cent of the band's income was earned outside Ireland.