O’Snodaigh calls on government to intervene in worker’s rights dispute on St. James Hospital campus
Sinn Féin Deputy Aengus O Snodaigh has called on the government ministers Leo Varadkar and Richard Bruton, the HSE and their contractors BAM construction to get their subcontractor Cosgrove Electrical to implement statutory workers’ rights on a government building site at the St James Hospital Campus site, Cherry Orchard Hospital and other state-funded projects.
Speaking today the Dublin South Central TD said:
“On the day that the government is launching the state’s biggest project, the new children's hospital, in the St James's Hospital campus, there are workers at another part of the campus on strike to stop a large subcontractor from exploiting them.
“It would send out the wrong message entirely to the construction industry if the government did not step in this instance and defend the rights of workers by calling for the implementation of proper terms and conditions.
“Only two weeks the new National Paediatric Development Board were in agreement with me when asked if normal rates of pay, terms and conditions and conditions and local labour/social clauses would be a central component of the new hospital development.
“With that in mind I call on the Minister for Health and the Minister for Trade and Employment, the HSE, local hospital management and the main contractor in the Centre for Aging being built in St James's Hospital, Bam, to move now to make the subcontractor, Cosgrave’s to comply with its obligations to these and other employees.”