Cllr Máire Devine supports official strike action by the TEEU on St. James’ Hospital Campus
Sinn Féin Cllr Máire Devine is calling on the HSE and BAM Construction, who are the main contractors on the St. James’ Hospital campus, to intervene and urge Cosgrove Electric to pay the electrical workers on the Campus their due entitlements under both national wage agreements and agreements that have been reached with employers.
Speaking today Cllr Devine said:
“I spent some time this morning down at the official picket organised by the TEEU and the majority of the other craft workers are out in support.
“The dispute started in March, with the sub-contractor Cosgrove Electric refusing to pay the going rate of €21.49 per hour- only paying €17 hour.
“The workers will be out a pocket by thousands a year if this continues.
“Employees are not paid any sick pay and the sub-contractor has also defaulted on pension contributions.
“There are also worrying reports of covert threats being made to workers regarding security of tenure and to apprentices that they may not be able to complete their apprenticeships.
“I spoke to the Project Manager of BAM who appears to be washing his hands of it. I told him BAM have an obligation to intervene and respect the agreement that national rate of pay and terms/conditions would be adhered to.
“Cosgrove Electric is due to meet the TEEU at Cherry Orchard at 4pm today and if there is no resolution there is to be a secondary ballot of all other workers involved in the construction project. If voted upon the site will close.”