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ESB Networks update on IWU Industrial Action

Issued: 5:00pm, Monday 3 May 2021  
Network Technicians who are members of the Independent Workers Union (IWU) have been engaged in unnecessary industrial action in the form of a work-to-rule since Monday 19 April. This escalated into separate 24-hour strikes on Friday 23 April and Thursday 29 April. We are aware of a 48-hour strike expected to commence tomorrow Tuesday at 8am through to Thursday at 8am.  
ESB Networks confirms that there has been limited impact to electricity customers as a result of the industrial action to date and contingency planning continues for the next 48 hours and beyond.  
ESB Networks remains concerned that the IWU has not co-operated with Emergency Cover since the action began on 19 April. This is unprecedented in ESB’s experience. ESB Networks once again acknowledges the strong support provided by our staff who are members of the affiliated trade unions. 
We are working towards mitigating any impact on customers for the duration of the upcoming strike action. 
Real-time updates on electricity faults are available on and we apologise for any inconvenience to customers should it occur.  
We again call on the IWU to desist from further action at this time of national need.