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ESB unions threat to turn off the lights

Friday, December 06 16:25:56

ESB unions today warned of all-out strike action from the morning of Monday 16th in a row over defined benefit pensions.

"All ESB generated power will be off the bars from 8:00 am on Monday 16th December," a statement today said.

"Due to ESB's false accounting and statement of intent regarding the staff's Defined Benefit pension scheme a strong mandate for industrial action has been received from a ballot of the staff affected," the statement said.

Unions and management at ESB are due to hold talks at the Labour Relations Commission today in a bid to resolve the dispute.

The meeting comes as after Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte asked the LRC to intervene last night in the ongoing dispute which is threatening electricity supplies in the run up to Christmas.

Strike notice was served on senior management in the ESB last week and industrial action is due to commence at 8am on December 16th unless a breakthrough can be reached.