Local Authorities

The Local Government Division represents a mixture of clerical, administrative, management, professional and technical roles. Members in this division work mainly in local authorities and Irish Water.

There are approximately 13, 000 members in this division, working across 31 local authorities in a wide variety of grades.

The main issues arising in this division are around pay and allowances, housing policy, restructuring, pensions, annual leave, sick leave, redeployment, performance management, and equal opportunities.

Local Authorities have undergone radical change in terms of restructuring and statutory reorganisation in the last number of years.

Members have striven to maintain services despite the biggest loss of staff in any sector of the public service. The division has engaged in a campaign to maintain services in local government where the momentum has been to centralise provision.

Contacting your union:

Your first port of call if you have a question is your workplace rep.
If you don’t know who your rep is, you should contact your local branch secretary.

Local Authorities News

09.09.16

Previous water funding system failed

Ireland is unlikely to ever get a high quality and environmentally responsible water infrastructure if the Government reverts to funding the service solely from general taxation, according to IMPACT. […]


20.06.16

Threat to Longford and Westmeath libraries prompts industrial action ballot

Fifty staff in Longford and Westmeath are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over plans to amalgamate library services in the two counties. Their union IMPACT says the proposals would see libraries in both counties managed by one local authority, which would threaten service provision in the other county. The scheme, drawn up […]


15.06.16

Threat to Cork city and county library services prompts industrial action ballot

150 staff are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over plans to amalgamate Cork city and county library services. Their union IMPACT says the proposals would see services in the two areas managed by one local authority, threatening the specialised services currently provided to users in urban and rural settings. The amalgamation proposal, […]


13.06.16

Threat to Wexford library services prompts industrial action ballot

Staff in Wexford public libraries are balloting for industrial action in a dispute over the implementation of new library staffing structures, which their union IMPACT says could damage services to library users. The 45 staff members are also disputing management’s refusal to allow part-time staff to increase their hours, even though new full-time staff are […]


08.06.16

IMPACT rejects Dublin city manager’s privatisation claim

“No case for privatisation has been put to union, and we don’t believe there is a valid case to be made” – Shane Lambert, industrial relations officer, IMPACT. IMPACT trade union has rejected a claim, made by the Dublin City Council’s chief executive Owen Keegan, that street cleaning and road and housing maintenance jobs in […]


22.02.16

IMPACT campaigns to protect library and fire services

IMPACT is currently campaigning to protect library and fire services from amalgamation in a number of counties, with a concerted effort to organise the lobbying of general election candidates in the communities where amalgamations have been proposed. continuereading1