Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Northern Ireland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities
Water Collection, Treatment And Supply
36 - Water collection, treatment and supply

304 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 September 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


On 17 October 2008 Government owned water utility Northern Ireland Water confirmed that it would be cutting a total of 304 jobs. It will do this by reducing its current seventeen depots to five regional centres situated at Belfast, Altnaglevin, Seagoe, Ballymena and Omagh.

Northern Ireland Water announced 200 job cuts in September 2008, with a reduction of its workforce from 1700 to 1500. Unite, the company's recognised trade union, has argued that the companies employees were the victims of company policy favouring the increased use of contractors. The union claimed that over 50% of the work had been farmed out to private contractors and that it would oppose the job losses.


  • 22 September 2008: BBC Website
  • 17 October 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), Northern Ireland Water, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 67198, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67198.