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  • by Karma Loveday

Ireland's council water workers strike over staff transfers

Irish Water issued boil water notices for 100,000 consumers in Waterford, Tipperary and Cork last week following strike action by around 120 local authority water workers, all members of the Unite union. Pickets were out at 17 water treatment plants.

The three-day industrial action was triggered by union concern over the proposed transfer of water workers currently employed by local authorities to Irish Water and guarantees over the terms and conditions of those who choose not to move.

Unite has complained that the negotiations have not been “meaningful”, a claim disputed by the publicly-owned utility and the body representing local government. The water company said the union action was “excessive” and “disproportionate”.

Irish drinking water quality remains high but the Irish environment regulator, the Environmental Protection Agency, has insisted resilience of many supplies needs to improve


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