Water staff to ballot

SIPTU is to hold a ballot for industrial action of its members who work in the local authority water services.

The Siptu Local Authority Sector Committee is currently conducting a series of regional meetings of the 2,500 union members employed in local authority water services.

This will include caretakers, network staff, plumbers and inspectors.

The move follows the Department of Environments move to set up an Irish Water company under the guidance of Bord Gais.