ESB Industrial Dispute Details
Network Technicians employed by Ireland’s most successful company, the ESB, are going on strike tomorrow in order to save the company from privatisation.
Government and management are afraid of a public backlash if they openly declare their desire to privatise one of Ireland's greatest success stories and have therefore decided to embark on a backdoor method of privatisation.
The work of Network Technicians is being handed out to private contractors. The technicians have not been consulted (as is required by the Consultation and Information Act 2006) as to what areas of their work are to be contracted out and so they have refused to cooperate with the process since last Monday.
From Friday next they will organise a series of work stoppages, in order to prevent the elimination of their jobs, the abandonment of apprenticeship training and the eventual privatisation of the company in order to make profits for vulture funds and greedy corporate entities.
The people of Ireland do not need another Telecom Eireann like disaster.
There are approximately 1250 Network Technicians employed by the ESB, whose job it is to ensure that power supplies get from generation plants to all homes and businesses throughout the state.
Over 500 of these technicians are members of the Independent Workers Union, who are leading the strike in the fight against privatisation.
Support the strikers – keep the ESB in public ownership.