Belfast Telegraph

Electricians to strike at hospital

Electricians at a Dublin hospital will stage a one day stoppage as a dispute over outsourcing work escalates, it has emerged.

Members of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) will walk off the job at St James's Hospital Dublin on Monday 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 have been 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 has been the handing over of fire alarms to outside contractors.

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