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A number of electricians working on the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock clocked off at 3:30 pm yesterday having put in their minimum 8 hours.

They were leaving without doing overtime, which has become a contentious issue at the site, with some claiming to The Echo that there were issues over pay and overtime. The dispute is expected to continue with another early walk-out today. 

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo

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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 25/01/2024 at 14:19:45
Can't seem to get anything right!
Brian Williams
2 Posted 25/01/2024 at 14:21:35
Surprise, surprise Jim Bennings doesn't miss a chance to slag the club when it may not have anything to do with the club at all!
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 25/01/2024 at 14:23:27
It's not the club. It's the contractors.
Brendan McLaughlin
4 Posted 25/01/2024 at 14:25:56
That's a shock...boom boom!
Jim Bennings
5 Posted 25/01/2024 at 14:47:33

That's because our club has for decades got most things WRONG.

Philip Bunting
6 Posted 25/01/2024 at 15:50:28
Jim, if you work in construction you'd understand it more. Happens regular skillet has leverage although if their sub contractors as claimed I can't see how they can complain if they signed up to the terms and conditions in the first place besides...lor run the site, its not handed over and Everton have no responsibility to lor cost control.
Billy Bradshaw
7 Posted 25/01/2024 at 18:26:56
Jim@1,deffo got the stadium right mate.
Colin Glassar
8 Posted 25/01/2024 at 18:55:49
The Arteta money was supposed to pay the lecky for the next decade. I wonder what happened?
Pat Kelly
9 Posted 25/01/2024 at 19:22:54
Surely Thelwell could get some electricians in on loan…
John Raftery
10 Posted 25/01/2024 at 20:29:06
The Echo article says several electricians contacted the paper claiming 150 walked off the site. Non-payment for overtime appears to be the main issue but, as ever, it would not be surprising if there are other factors involved.
Ed Prytherch
11 Posted 25/01/2024 at 23:46:31
Craftsmen, engineers, etc are often pushed to work extra hours when projects are running late. I once had only 2 days off, one Saturday and one Sunday in a three month period. As salaried staff I was not paid overtime. I swore that I would never be involved in another startup. My son worked as a technician on the Denver Broncos stadium construction about 20 years ago and he quit the job due to pressure to work 7 days/week. If you work in a country with low taxes then you get to keep most of your overtime pay and you are more likely to take the overtime instead of going fishing or playing with your kids but if the government is taking a large portion of the overtime pay then you are more likely to say "fuck it".
Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 26/01/2024 at 03:50:25
Pat #9, no need. They have plumbers who can play out of position.
Paul Jones
14 Posted 26/01/2024 at 06:25:16
Where is Mark Hughes when we need him?
Duncan McDine
15 Posted 26/01/2024 at 07:19:22
Someone got their wires crossed when asked "Watt is a unit of electricity?"... sparking a mass walkout, one worker apparently told his boss to "socket".

Matt Traynor
16 Posted 26/01/2024 at 07:21:08
Good one, Paul #14.

Obviously not commenting on our stadium project specifically, but I've been involved in a few large projects over the years (on the client side).

Around the turn of the century, the Jubilee Line in London was being extended. Pressure was on from the Government to get it done in time for the Millenium so guests could get to the Dome easily...

Back then (1999), sparkies on the job were getting around a grand a day. Loads were subbies, and not managed effectively, so to keep the good times rolling, they started sabotaging their own work – at least the fire response plan was fully tested before revenue service started. They had the management by the short and curlies – so in the end a bonus payment for completion by a certain date, and other incentives, solved the problem. Obviously they needed to be finished so others could complete their stuff, and testing / commissioning could happen.

Within the last 12 months, I've just finished on a major project in the Middle East – same problems.

I would trust Laing O’Rourke has this in hand, and hope (against hope!) that whatever contract the club has protects them against cost over-runs that are within the contractors' control.

Brian Williams
17 Posted 26/01/2024 at 14:13:05
Fucking red Echo'll be rubbing their hands with some of these guys approaching them, gives the rag another chance to have a go at us.
Joe McMahon
18 Posted 26/01/2024 at 14:19:14
Can't the "ring fenced" money meant for Kings Dock not pay the electricians overtime? It must have earned a hell of a lot of interest since 2005.
Bill Gall
19 Posted 26/01/2024 at 15:21:33
Well that's a shock, or did the electricians get one?

I doubt if this is the first instance that Laing O'Rourke has faced this kind of situation on a large construction contract and they will settle it amicably. Hope the union are of the same, as contracts this large do not come around very often.

The sad thing to come out of this is those detractors of Everton will find this as another excuse to put the boot in, shame if any of our own supporters follow suit.

John Chambers
20 Posted 26/01/2024 at 15:46:15
An issue for Laing O'Rourke to worry about – not us.

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