Ireland -Pay increase for utility workers -April 24, 2015

Staff in State-owned electricity utility ESB set to receive a 2% pay increase.

Nearly 7,000 staff in the State-owned electricity utility ESB may be set to receive pay increases of 2%. Trade unions representing staff had sought a three-year 3.5% per annum pay increase. However, the internal joint industrial council in the ESB recommended a 2% pay rise for employees. The group of unions in the company had entered a hearing on pay last month with a position that the 3.5% rise should be applied from the conclusion of a long-standing pay freeze at the ESB, which ended a year ago in March 2014. If the proposed 2 per cent rise is accepted it will apply from 1 April 2015. This means the joint industrial council decided not to back the call for retrospection of the increase to cover the year since the freeze expired.

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