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Unite: ‘Insufficient progress made to defer notice of industrial action on ESB’

The group of unions representing ESB workers said they would be proceeding with serving strike action notice tomorrow at 2pm.

Updated 23.06pm

ESB MET WITH the group of unions in a hope to resolve the ongoing dispute about the firm’s pension scheme today.

In a statement issued this evening Unite official Richie Browne said that today’s meeting had begun a process of dialogue, but stating:

“Unite considers that insufficient progress was made to defer serving notice of industrial action on the company. Unite will, therefore, be serving notice on the ESB at 2pm tomorrow.”

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Mr Browne said they ”will remain fully engaged in the process which began today and, together with the other unions involved, will be focusing all our efforts on resolving this dispute before 16 December”.

In a statement tonight ESB said that there “was an open and frank exchange of views and significant differences remain between the parties”.

They added:

Both parties have agreed to engage in intensive dialogue focused on addressing these differences.

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