Thursday 23 March 2017

Derailing the ESB gravy train

The remarkable speech delivered by Brendan Ogle, secretary of the ESB group of unions, to militant republican organisation Eirigi, in which he described his members as "spoilt", confirmed what many of us have long suspected about industrial relations at the state-owned electricity company.

With annual salaries averaging €75,500, rising to €94,300 when pension contributions are included, ESB workers have long been among the best-paid in the country.

Successive governments, terrified of the political consequences of the lights going out, have ensured that the company's staff enjoyed pay and conditions that most of the rest of us could only dream about.

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