Water talks get underway
The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has asked Irish Water to set out its rationale for creating a single water authority by 2021, following meetings involving Fórsa, local government management, departmental officials and the WRC last week.
Fórsa and other water unions agreed to the WRC-assisted talks about the future of water services, following consultation with the union’s two divisions that represent water staff in local authorities – the Municipal Employees’ Division and the Local Government Division.
The union has insisted that the engagement must yield “simultaneous movement” on four strands:
- The future sustainability and revitalisation of local authority services
- A constitutional referendum on public ownership of water services
- The structure and governance of the proposed single water utility, and
- Employment and industrial relations issues that arise from the proposal.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is coordinating the union side in the talks.