Friday 18 August 2017

Electricians to stage strike at St James's Hospital

Electricians at St James's Hospital in Dublin will stage a one day stoppage today as a dispute over outsourcing work escalates.

Members of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) will walk off the job at the hospital after no agreement was reached at the Labour Relations Commission.

Union leaders confirmed emergency life and limb cover will be provided during the industrial action, but warned the technical services department will be affected.

This is the third stoppage by members at the hospital since the beginning of the month over claims management is reducing the role of electricians on site.

It maintains outside contractors were brought in without prior agreement.

"The union is concerned about health and safety, as well as job security issues resulting from the contracting out of services," said a spokesman.

The first step was the handing over of fire alarms to outside contractors.

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