Unions push for date on referendum to ensure Irish Water is not privatised
The issue is a key one for water service employees who fear they could lose their rights as public sector workers
Unions are putting pressure on the government to name a date for a referendum to keep Irish Water in public ownership.
Ever since Irish Water was set up in 2013, there have been demands for a referendum to guarantee that the state’s water service can never be privatisated.
It has been a red-line issue for the 3,000 water service workers still based in councils who want this referendum held before they transfer over to working ...