Friday 18 April 2014

ESB strike threat officially lifted

ESB Group of Unions general secretary Brendan Ogle

ESB unions have officially lifted their threat of industrial action which could have plunged the country into blackout from next Monday.

A statement from the ESB Group of Unions said there would be no strike action at the semi-state power company following a “clear and definite” resolution of its pensions issue with management.

The row centred on a €1.7bn hole in the company’s pension fund. Workers claimed they would be hit with smaller pensions in the event of a shortfall, but management agreed to address any shortfall through internal procedures.

A meeting of the Disputes Committee, which had threatened all-out strike from December 16 next, decided to lift the threat after a weekend of intensive negotiations chaired by the Labour Relations Commission.

Five unions are involved, and in a statement said they wished to thank group of unions secretary Brendan Ogle for the “determined and dignified” manner in which he dealt with the issue.

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