Fórsa has said industrial action over the proposed transfer of 3,500 local authority staff to Irish Water is “almost inevitable” as poor engagement has left a “huge gap” between Government plans and the protections workers are seeking.
Ireland’s public service unions are working on a joint submission to the body set up to address the additional working time introduced for many public servants under the 2013 Haddington Road agreement.
Fórsa has called for an end to the sale of public land to private property developers. Speaking at the union’s local government and local services conference last week, its national secretary Peter Nolan said local councils could build homes at half the price of private developers, and should become the main providers of affordable housing in Ireland.
Fórsa has welcomed the publication of a National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) bulletin, which says Ireland could experience a productivity boost if remote working is embraced and well-managed at national and organisational levels.