As of today Jan 19, close to 5,000 people in the north of Ireland are without water, mainly in counties Derry, Fermanagh, and Tyrone. Government authorities, in a dispute with union representatives, have set up water supply stations to help people with such basic needs as… hydration, for starters.
According to the BBC, Nipsa union member Ryan McKinney stated, ” When I speak to our members, and they are also affected by the loss of water, they say they aren’t prepared to reinstate goodwill, they haven’t experienced any goodwill for a long time from the company…they have reduced bills to hundreds of thousands of customers….(and) have managed to do that because our members have taken pay freezes and been forced out of the company.” N.I. water said it remained “committed to continued engagement with unions in order to resolve the dispute.”
No water. I will leave it up to the reader to decide whether this is case of unions blackmailing the the working class ( of which they are members themselves) or the government strong-arming the working class into abolishing unions, thereby giving themselves even more control.