Electricians, plumbers and mechanical workers call for national strike
Electricians, plumbers and mechanical workers are calling for a national strike to have a levy on apprenticeships removed.
The Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), which represents 40,000 workers, is calling for the strike action as well as a 5pc pay increase for its members.
The union has hit out at the Student Services Charge on apprenticeships, which it says has rates as high as €2,650 per course.
It says it took the decision to call the strike after "the Government's failure to implement the long-awaited legislation" to replace the Registered Employment Agreements system.
The TEEU has written to IBEC, the Construction Industry Federation and the Government in its capacity as an employer, seeking meetings to discuss a resolution to this dispute.
It is due to meet with the CIF today.