Threat of strikes by water and peat staff
MORE than 2,500 water-service workers have threatened to strike, while another 2,000 peat-production staff are preparing to down tools next Tuesday.
Water-service workers in the country's 34 local authorities are set to ballot for industrial action over government plans to set up a new company to oversee metering and maintenance. The ballot will begin next month.
The threat of industrial action comes as 2,300 Bord na Mona staff prepare to go on strike next Tuesday in a row over a 3.5pc pay increase.
Bord na Mona said agreement on the pay claim, which is due under a previous national agreement, had been reached last month. However, staff rejected the proposals and have since served notice of a one-day work stoppage.
It is understood that the deal agreed last month would have meant they would get a lump sum payment of €1,000 up front and a 1.75pc pay rise.
However, a final 1.75pc increase, to be paid towards the end of the year, would depend on the company's performance.