A senior Cabinet Minister has described the threat of strike action by ESB workers as "unnecessary".
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney says any action would be a retrograde step for Ireland and has urged both sides to enter talks to resolve the dispute over the company pension fund.
Workers have voted in favour of a strike if the issue is not resolved before December 16.
Minister Coveney says the Cabinet will be briefed on the dispute today and he said this is row that can be resolved.
"The last thing the Irish economy needs right now is an electricity strike - a lot of people have made many, many sacrifices to being our economy back into positive momentum again" he said.
"This would be a real retrograde step and it shouldn't happen".
"But of course we need to find a way forward to make sure that it doesn't - and I think the way to do that is to talk."