Date Released: 19 March 2015
The SIPTU NEC statement of 21st November 2014 concluded: “In the absence of a declaration by the Government of its intention to provide every household with an adequate supply of water to meet all its domestic needs, at no direct cost, while retaining a tariff on non-essential use only and to legislate for a Referendum to prohibit privatisation, we will work with other trade unions and civil society organisations, including those involved in Right2Water, to campaign through peaceful protests and other democratic actions, to achieve these objectives”.
Since then, the Government has given no indication of any further movement in its position.
Therefore, we have engaged informally with the trade unions involved in the current Right2Water campaign with a view to the development of a common platform on the issue across the movement. It has been agreed to establish a working group to explore the potential for an agreed approach.
Pending the outcome of these discussions with the other trade unions, we would encourage members to participate in the Right2Water protest which is scheduled to take place on Saturday 21st March, of their own volition, if they are free and available to do so.
We believe that every peacefully conducted protest and democratic action has the potential to help further the demands for an adequate supply of water to meet the normal domestic needs of every household at no direct cost and a referendum to change the Constitution so as to prohibit the privatisation of the public water supply.