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Pay talks threaten Irish construction work

Pay talks between contractors and an electrician’s union are threatening to halt work at up to 200 major construction sites in Ireland, after discussions stalled.

The Technical engineering and electrical Union is proposing to strike on Monday, as it bids to increase its electricians’ hourly rate by 11 per cent from €21.49 to €23.98 per hour, the Irish Times reported.

The Electrical Contractors Association said that firms were not able to pay the increase.

The paper said that among the construction sites that could be affected by the dispute are: Terminal 2 at Dublin airport; the new Lansdowne Road stadium; the National Conference Centre at Spencer Dock and the Point Village in Dublin’s docklands; the Corrib gas project in Co Mayo and the new Intel development in Co Kildare.