Right2Water National Demonstration - Saturday, 8th April 2017

03 Apr 2017

On next Saturday, 8th April 2017 the ninth Right2Water National Demonstration will take place in Dublin.

As you will know, your Union following Conference Motions, has been involved in the Right2Water campaign since its early days.  It is a movement which has caught the imagination of the public and the massive numbers attending the demonstrations on such a consistent basis have dwarfed other such social movements in the past.  Indeed, it is obvious from the behaviour of political parties and some individual politicians that they have at last listened, with the result that both the recent Expert Commission and the Joint Oireachtas Committee have now clearly indicated that water charges will be taken through general taxation and we also have the prospect of a referendum on the ownership of water, which is being progressed through the Dáil by one of our members, Joan Collins TD.

Of course, because we have made progress does not mean we have achieved the final success that we aspire to.  On a daily basis, the media run articles supposedly attributed to EU Officials which claim that there has to be a water charge regime.   Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael continue to play games as they seek to come up with some type of a charging model to prevent water wastage.  At this stage, they argue that metering is necessary to stop wastage often using the example ‘of people with swimming pools’.  Of course, it makes absolutely no sense to invest hundreds of millions on an ongoing basis on meters to track small amounts of wastage and numerous studies have shown that the people of Ireland waste less water than other Europeans, while at the same time they have more water available.  These prevarications and ongoing threats to dramatically change the proposed referendum wording are clear examples as to why it is once again necessary to march to remind the politicians that it is their job to implement the will of the people, which was so overwhelmingly expressed in relation to water in the last election.

As our support for the Right2Water movement has been copper-fastened now in two Conference Motions, I would sincerely urge each and every Branch to organise a good attendance at the National Demonstration on Saturday. 

There are two meeting points: Heuston Station and Connolly Station at 2:00 p.m.

The CWU banner will be present at both meeting points and if attending, please wear your CWU blue jacket!

We are on the verge of a considerable victory, a victory which already has saved each of our members hundreds of euros and it would be a dreadful shame if we were to let that victory slip from our grasp at the last possible moment.

Therefore, I hope to see as many of you as possible on Saturday, so we can give it that one last push.