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Monday 22 January 2018

Rabbitte asks LRC to intervene in ESB pension row

Minister Pat Rabbitte
Minister Pat Rabbitte

The Labour Relations Commission has been asked to intervene in the ongoing dispute between the ESB group of unions and the company which could lead to strike action in just over a week’s time.

Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte requested the intervention today but there has been no response from either side so far.

Fears have been expressed that homes and businesses across the country could be left without power in the run-up to Christmas.

Enterprise bodies have also warned that an interruption to power could result in job losses.

“It is unthinkable that our economic recovery should be jeopardised, domestic consumers inconvenienced and our country’s reputation undermined by a power disruption that appears to be out of all proportion to the issues in dispute,” Mr Rabbitte said.

“I have therefore this evening requested the Labour Relations Commission to convene the parties at the earliest possible time,” he continued.

“I am now asking the parties to use the industrial relations machinery of the state to resolve the dispute and clear up any uncertainty as early as possible.”

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said the ESB has a contingency plan if industrial action takes place.

He said he too had a concern for the potential disruption nationwide but said it would be inappropriate to comment on the matter while talks were ongoing.

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