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ESB employees and management in talks to resolve pensions row

There are hopes that industrial action which is due to begin on 16 December can be avoided.

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AS A STRIKE threat looms, ESB staff and management are in talks today, hoping to resolve the ongoing dispute about the firm’s pension scheme.

Workers have already said they will issue notice of industrial action on Friday and the strike would begin on 16 December. Such action would lead to power outages across the country.

The row centres on a 2010 agreement put in place to address a €1.6 billion deficit in the ESB’s pension scheme. Employees believe their employers are now in breach of that deal.

According to the largest representative union, “All the ESB has to do to resolve this situation is to reverse the unilateral changes to its accounting procedures which show the workers’ Defined Benefit pension scheme as a Defined Contribution arrangement, thus camouflaging the apparent deficit and allowing the company to shrug off responsibility for current and future deficits.”

There have been calls for the government to intervene in order to avoid any power cuts during the winter months.

Read: Retail firms to switch energy providers if ESB strike goes ahead

Related: Charity warns ESB strike would ‘hurt most vulnerable’

More: Eircom to remove 20 ‘hazardous micro pillars’ in Dublin

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