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Picketershalt work on airport terminal

THE COMPLETION of Terminal Two at Dublin Airport faces delays as a strike at the construction site worsens.

Some 65 engineers have placed a picket on the site at the airport over redundancies at lift company Otis.

The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) is protesting at Otis's decision to make 17 lift engineers redundant last month.

Pickets are in place at the company's offices in Dublin and Cork, as well as at Terminal Two.

The picket at the airport has stopped all work at the terminal as around 500 contractors have refused to pass the picket. A Dublin Airport Authority spokesperson said it was not a party to the dispute.

The site appears to have been targeted because it is a high-profile construction project, the representative added.


Employees at Otis did not respond to breakdowns of 60 lifts and escalators which were operated by the company.

But TEEU assistant general secretary Arthur Hall said the picket would continue until the dispute was resolved.

He said the company was ignoring a Labour Court recommendation that voluntary redundancies should be sought before any compulsory redundancies were implemented. Otis would not comment.