ESB staff to be offered 5.5% pay increase and €2,750 lump sum

Proposal following negotiations with unions apply to about 6,000 staff

About 6,000 staff in the ESB are set to be offered pay increases of 5.5 per cent over two years as well as a lump sum payment of €2,750.

The proposed new offer, which has emerged from a mediation process, followed on from the rejection by the group of unions in the ESB earlier this year of a deal recommended by the ESB Joint Industrial Council, worth 5 per cent over 2.5 years.

The new proposal would see staff receive 2.75 per cent from this month and a further 2.75 per cent in August 2017 as well as a lump sum of €2,750

Staff at the ESB received a 2 per cent wage increase in April 2015.


Details of the proposed agreement were published on Thursday in Industrial Relations News, which said unions considered the €2,750 lump sum to effectively represent payment for a period from April 2014 to March 2015 when a pay freeze was in place for staff in the company.

It suggested that the one-off lump sum payment was worth about 4 per cent to staff.

In a statement ESB said negotiations between company and unions concluded on Thursday “ resulting in the development of a proposal issued for the consideration of both parties by the independent facilitator on Monday.”

“ESB has no further comment to make at this time.”

Martin Wall

Martin Wall

Martin Wall is the former Washington Correspondent of The Irish Times. He was previously industry correspondent