Thursday 23 November 2017

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton warns that pensioners are concerned over prosposed ESB outages

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton

Michael Brennan, Deputy Political Editor

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has warned that pensioners are worried about the prospect of having their power cut off during the Christmas cold spell.

She said the proposed strike by ESB workers was "totally unwanted" and urged them to use the State's industrial relations machinery.

"A lot of people who have retired, people like pensioners, they have expressed a lot of concern and worry to me about having their lighting and heating cut off either in the run up to Christmas or afterwards, in the coldest part of the year," she said.

Speaking at the opening of Labour's national conference in Killarney, Ms Burton pointed out that the pension regulator has accepted the ESB's pension funding proposal up until 2018.

"In fact, given that many pension funds have suffered losses during the financial crisis, my general understanding is that the ESB pension fund is actually one of the best funded pension funds in the state," she said.

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