Likelihood of ESB workers strike.

davidcameron

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How likely would it be that ESB workers would go on strike if their pay was cut? I am aware that industrial action has occurred in the past but, especially given the economic crisis and the hazardous weather conditions, I find it hard to believe there would be another strike because the people who would lose electricity as a result include the wives/husbands/partners, children and relatives of the ESB employees, not to mention public and civil servants and employees of private businesses, RTÉ and other semi-state companies.
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/esb-workers-only-look-after-no-1-2446870.html
 


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Oooooooooooh let's set up a thread on this for every company in Ireland. How likely would it be that McDonalds workers would go on strike? Or An Post? Or Smiths Toys?
 

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F*ck ESB and their 'we'll pull the plug on power to everyone' if we are forced to take paycuts. They have a superior mentality that really needs to be slashed for use of a better term.
 

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Laughably it's those that call themselves public servants that are keenest to disservice the public.
 

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Oooooooooooh let's set up a thread on this for every company in Ireland. How likely would it be that McDonalds workers would go on strike? Or An Post? Or Smiths Toys?
Well I think that the impact of McD or Smyths toys striking, might disappoint a few kids, would have less of an impact than an ESB staff 'outage'. One of the problems with the ESB is that their employees DO have a stranglehold on the most essential service we have today.

They have a huge responsibility to keep power supplied to the nation but have not always acted responsibly in the past. They have among the best paid jobs in this state and are well rewarded for the difficulties they sometimes have in keeping supplies connected.

Too often in the past they have shown themselves to be a law unto themselves easily led by union radicals. We can do without post, big macs or barbie dolls but not power and both ESB contracts of employment and legal constraints on taking strike action should reflect this.
 
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davidcameron

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Oooooooooooh let's set up a thread on this for every company in Ireland. How likely would it be that McDonalds workers would go on strike? Or An Post? Or Smiths Toys?
You're missing the point. My point is: The families of striking ESB workers would lose electricity, like the rest of the population. Surely, these workers wouldn't vote for a strike if their wives/husbands/partners didn't want them to.
 
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You're missing the point. My point is: The families of striking ESB workers would lose electricity, like the rest of the population. Surely, these workers wouldn't vote for a strike if their wives/husbands/partners didn't want them to.
Whats worse is that they'd be saving 45% less money during the blackout than everyone else :p
 

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In theory it's nice to have vital services nationalized but in practice you are only creating an elite and a rod to beat your own back. They should either become non-unionised and legally prevented from withdrawing basic services from the community or privatize the lot and allow real competition between providers.
 

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Wait a minute now do any of you realise that the ESB only generate 40% of the ROI's electricity and that the other plants could ramp up to easily meet demand. Plenty of unemployed electricians could take up the maintenance of transmission and distribution lines with the main expertise being brought in from the UK. No problem here at all.
 

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You are far more likely to get a strike over attempts to privatise the ESB than anything else.
 

Baron von Biffo

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Just to put a bit of perspective on this - We're speculating on an ESB strike because of a letter to the Indo that was itself prompted by a hysterically hyped up Indo PS bashing article. Sheesh.
 

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Just to put a bit of perspective on this - We're speculating on an ESB strike because of a letter to the Indo that was itself prompted by a hysterically hyped up Indo PS bashing article. Sheesh.
The fact that the ESB is a semi-state organisation means that it is not part of the public or civil service, as in benchmarking, which applied only to those employees paid from the proceeds of taxes, whereas the ESB is funded by electricity bills, An Post is funded by fees and the proceeds of sale of stamps and RTÉ is funded by the licence fee and advertising.
 

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Just to put a bit of perspective on this - We're speculating on an ESB strike because of a letter to the Indo that was itself prompted by a hysterically hyped up Indo PS bashing article. Sheesh.
True, but its much more interesting than trying to make sense of the ABFF cheerleaders posting all sorts of drivel in an endless stream of repetious, boring and hysterical posts.

The sooner they get into power and have to shovel s!hit the better, give all our heads some peace!
 

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How likely would it be that ESB workers would go on strike if their pay was cut? I am aware that industrial action has occurred in the past but, especially given the economic crisis and the hazardous weather conditions, I find it hard to believe there would be another strike because the people who would lose electricity as a result include the wives/husbands/partners, children and relatives of the ESB employees, not to mention public and civil servants and employees of private businesses, RTÉ and other semi-state companies.
ESB workers only look after No 1 - Letters, Opinion - Independent.ie
An electricity strike or intermittent disruptions can bring a country to a halt,making it impossible for the government to win concessions barring drastic measures such as ruinous Thatcherite fines on unions and jail terms for strikers defying laws ordering them back to work.The young Irish public under the age of forty don't share the sentimantal attitude of the older generations towards unions and would tolerate such drastic measures if their video games were interrupted!
 


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