Ogle faces backlash despite keeping his role
Published 03/09/2011 | 05:00
BRENDAN Ogle and his union backers are facing a backlash from members despite his clinging to his role as head of the ESB unions.
A special meeting of the ESB Officers Association (ESBOA) has been called at short notice in Dublin today.
Members will discuss its leadership's decision to vote against his suspension.
Mr Ogle has angered the ESB unions by claiming their members are "spoilt".
He also annoyed the leaders of the wider trade union movement by claiming they were in the last Government's "back pocket".
The ESB unions voted this week to investigate his controversial speech, but decided not to suspend him.
Sources said the TEEU and SIPTU wanted him to be suspended but were overruled by Mr Ogle's own union UNITE and the ESBOA.
This is because UNITE and the ESBOA hold a higher number of votes, based on their membership numbers. After the vote on an amendment to a motion not to suspend him, the unions voted by an overwhelming 15-to-1 majority to launch an investigation into his speech.