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Monday 18 December 2017

ESB workers to vote on job cuts

ESB workers will vote on whether to accept proposals to cut staff numbers by 1,000, including 700 voluntary redundancies.

Worker representatives are expected to ballot members on March 30.

The semi-State company, which imposed a 12pc price hike last October, is seeking to significantly reduce costs.

It comes after the four unions representing ESB workers last year accepted the outcome of an independent assessment that payroll cuts of 20pc, or €140m, should be implemented.

The ESB's group of unions -- consisting of Unite, the ESB Officers' Association, TEEU and Siptu -- is to hold meetings with staff members prior to the vote.

But they will not be making any recommendation on whether to support or reject the plan, according to union chief Brendan Ogle.

Management is seeking 703 voluntary redundancies over three years.In addition, 294 workers due to retire within the next three years will not be replaced, reducing overall staff numbers from 6,700 to 5,700.

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