Northern Ireland Water proposals rejected by unions
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has expressed his disappointment that unions have rejected proposals aimed at ending the current industrial action at NI Water.
Mr Kennedy said: "Negotiations between NI Water management and trade unions have been continuing throughout the week, with the Labour Relations Agency acting as facilitators.
"Unions were offered a significant and wide-ranging package, which has been rejected.
"I am disappointed that the failure to resolve this issue gives rise to a likelihood of disruption to water supply over the weekend particularly as the protocol which mitigated risk to the public over Christmas is no longer in place.
"I would strongly urge the trade unions to continue discussions with NI Water management to resolve matters.
"NI Water and the department are putting contingency measures in place to respond to any issues which may emerge over the weekend."