Wednesday 7 December 2016

We will fight redundancies at Irish Water, unions warn Fianna Fáil

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 13/04/2016 | 13:47

The Ervia Group of unions held an hour long meeting with Fianna Fáil in Leinster House today
The Ervia Group of unions held an hour long meeting with Fianna Fáil in Leinster House today

Trade unions representing Irish Water workers have warned Fianna Fáil that they will vehemently oppose any redundancies in the event of the public utility being scrapped.

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The Ervia Group of unions held an hour long meeting with Fianna Fáil in Leinster House today to discuss the party's plans to scrap charges and replace Irish Water with a slimmed down body.

The meeting took place as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are set to discuss whether common ground can be found on the issue.

Union representative Adrian Kane told independent.ie that Fianna Fáil was told any potential redundancies will be strongly opposed.

Union representatives also outlined their demands for a referendum to bring any new utility under public ownership. 

The meeting also heard that Irish Water in its current form is the "most effective vehicle" for water distribution.

The meeting was organised by the party's Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen. However, his colleague Timmy Dooley hosted the meeting as Mr Cowen is involved in the talks with Fine Gael.

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