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pounds 20K WATER BILL; Quit-threat boss wants extra money to stay on.

Byline: JILLY BEATTIE

THE water company chief who has threatened to resign wants a pay rise to stay on, it emerged yesterday.

It is believed Trevor Haslett is earning pounds 130,000 a year - pounds 120,000 less than his predecessor Laurence MacKenzie.

Sources revealed Mr Haslett intends to resign over issues around security of tenure. He wants a further pounds 20,000-a-year and a two-year contract to stay.

But his demands appear to have been blocked by Stormont despite last year's water crisis still clear in the memories of the public.

Yesterday, emergency talks at NI Water continued as the company tried to persuade him to remain. Mr Haslett replaced Laurence MacKenzie who resigned in January following last year's freeze-and-thaw crisis which created floods and left homes without water for a week.

The water boss had not presented a resignation letter yesterday.

A spokesman said: "NI Water chairman Sean Hogan confirmed that the board met this morning to discuss the situation in regard to the chief executive's post currently filled on an interim basis by Trevor Haslett.

"He stated that discussions have not yet been concluded."

Mr Haslett was head of engineering with NI Water and had worked as a director of a private civil engineering company.

He would be the third chief executive to resign from the post.

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