7,000 staff at ESB look set to get pay increases of 2 per cent from April

Internal joint council reported to have agreed rise after pay freeze ended last year

Unions representing staff at the State-owned electricity utility had sought a three-year 3.5 per cent per annum pay increase. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Unions representing staff at the State-owned electricity utility had sought a three-year 3.5 per cent per annum pay increase. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

 

Nearly 7,000 staff in the ESB may be set to receive pay increases of 2 per cent.

Unions representing staff at the State-owned electricity utility had sought a three-year 3.5 per cent per annum pay increase.

However Industrial Relations News reported yesterday that the internal joint industrial council in the ESB had recommended a 2 per cent pay rise for employees.

The group of unions in the company had entered a hearing on pay last month with a position that a 3.5 per cent 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 April 1st this year.

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.

A 2 per cent increase would be in keeping with pay increases in the private sector over the last year. Parties in the company have until May 15th to consider the recommendation of the joint industrial council.

The Government is set next month to begin talks with trade unions representing about 300,000 staff in the public service on restoring pay.