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Sit-in by hospital sparks in secret snaps outrage

ELECTRICIANS on the strife-torn South Tees Hospital scheme in Middlesbrough staged a 48-hour sit-in after a Crown House manager took photographs of them taking their breaks.

The row blew up last Friday when the sparks found out that their tea breaks and lunch-breaks had been secretly photographed by a quantity surveyor working for the team in charge of calculating bonuses at the site.

It is understood that he wanted to find out how long the 150 men, who include pipe fitters and welders, were taking for their breaks.

In June Crown House agreed to a £900-aman bonus deal on the flagship scheme to end a five-month dispute.

News of the pictures came to light after the men found that bonuses for last week dived by nearly 80 per cent - three days after a planned review of the bonus scheme.

A site source said: 'Everybody was happy, then this happens. They wouldn't do this to senior managers so why should they do it to us?'

The men returned to work on Tuesday afternoon after a site meeting. A Crown House spokesman said: 'It is not our policy to photograph the workforce on their breaks. The individual concerned made a mistake.'