Irish Water want 1,300 fewer staff in water services by 2021 - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has questioned how water and sanitation services can be maintained let alone improved with less staff.
The comments were made as Irish Water confirmed that they want 1,300 fewer people employed in water services by 2021.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Today we got confirmation that Irish Water is looking to reduce the number of people working in water services by 1,300 by 2021.
"This is a result of the company seeking to end the service level agreements (SLAs) with local authorities in 2021 instead of 2026.
“While Irish Water confirmed that there would be no compulsory redundancies even a voluntary redundancy scheme on this scale could have serious implications for the provision of services for the public.
"It was also unclear from the Department of Housing replies at the committee today as to whether central Government would meet any additional costs for Councils, if Council staff currently working in water services were redeployed to other areas as part of the winding down of the Service Level Agreement.
“I am also concerned with the potential impact Irish Water's proposals could have on the terms and conditions of the local authority staff that are currently working in water services.
“The renegotiation of the SLAs is ultimately a matter for the trade unions and Irish Water.
“However there is also a broader public policy concern and public interest in this issue and it is important that the Oireachtas and general public are fully aware of what is being proposed and how it may affect the delivery of water services into the future.
"The Housing Committee will hear from the unions and other stakeholders on this important issue in the coming weeks."