550 network technicians at ESB begin a two day all-out strike
They say they are not being properly consulted about the outsourcing of their work.
The Independent Workers' Union began a work-to-rule over the Bank Holiday weekend, refusing to provide emergency cover even as rough weather hit many areas.
The ESB says there was no delay to repairing outages because there was less weather damage than expected and contingency arrangements were enough to deal with it.
Network technician Brian Baitson is chairman of the strike committee -- and says they just want to defend their jobs:
"I would urge the ESB to get in touch either with us directly or through the WRC to sit down and come to an agreement in around the outsourcing and how we move forward. None of my colleagues and myself want to be in this position- losing days pay- like a lot of our boys are young guys, they have mortgages, they have bills, and we don't want to be in this position, doing what we have to do to look after our future."
More from Cork
Gardaí Issue Witness Appeal In Relation To A Suspected Dangerous Driving Incident On The N25
The incident happened near Cobh Cross yesterday afternoon
Cork University Hospital issue advice following HSE IT system cyber attack
The hospital's systems have been seriously impacted by the attack and are working in a very limited capacity.
Man taken to Cork University Hospital after truck he was driving entered river in Kanturk
The incident happened just after 9am when a cement truck left the road and fell into the river.
Crews of two ships involved in rescue of fishermen off Kinsale coast hailed for their efforts
The incident unfolded after 1am this morning when the crew of the "Horizon" were forced to abandon their boat after a fire broke out onboard.
Man (40s) due in court this morning following burglary and assault in the city yesterday
Gardaí from Togher responded to reports of a break-in on the Model Farm Road just after 6am.
HSE shuts down entire IT system after major cyber attack
The Covid vaccination programme isn't affected - but the Rotunda Hospital has cancelled most appointments for today.