Opinion Editorial

Sunday 24 September 2017

Ogle's threat to turn out the lights is a disgrace

It would be outrageous at any time, but in these days of austerity, cutbacks and economic suffering, it is even more shocking that Brendan Ogle, secretary of the ESB group of unions, should, with an apparent shrug of his shoulders, threaten industrial action which could lead to power cuts.

Mr Ogle, who once described the workers he now represents, as "spoilt" and "privileged and very lucky", should reflect on the fear that his widely broadcast threat has on all sections of the Irish people, the poor and vulnerable, the struggling business classes, and the multinationals who provide so much employment.

"What effect (a withdrawal of labour) would have, how long it would be and how damaging it would be to people across the country remains to be seen," Mr Ogle said on 'Morning Ireland' in relation to threatened action in a dispute over a 'black hole' in the semi-state company's pension scheme.

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