Electricians on work stoppage at hospital over fire alarm duty
Published 06/08/2010 | 05:00
ELECTRICIANS have mounted pickets at a major hospital because other staff have been allowed to reset fire alarms.
Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union members plan further work stoppages at St James's Hospital in Dublin.
They claim that their key duties have been given to security staff.
They say it is their responsibility to turn off fire alarms when they go off, but that these and associated duties have been handed over to other workers without negotiation.
The hospital said it trained in security staff to turn off the alarms because they were available 24 hours a day, and they do not then have to pay extra allowances to bring in electricians outside normal hours.
A spokesman at St James's said there was no disruption to hospital services during yesterday's four-hour work stoppage.
The electricians plan a further full-day strike on Monday week but agreed to provide 'life and limb cover' during the industrial action.
The union claims the move could lead to other aspects of their work being "diluted".