Workers and trade union organisers assembled outside the offices of JJ Rhatigan and Company, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, this morning (Friday, 8th February) to hand in a letter requesting an urgent meeting to discuss compliance with construction agreements at its site at St. Ita’s Hospital in Portrane, county Dublin. SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Regan, said: “We are here to request an urgent meeting with the company concerning reports of non-compliance with legally binding terms and conditions for employees in the construction industry by sub-contractors on JJ Rhatigan sites. “We handed a letter into the company specifically seeking an urgent meeting to discuss concerns about compliance with the Sectoral Employment Order for the construction industry and National Collective Employment Agreements at its site at St. Ita’s Hospital in Portrane.” He added: “The letter is on behalf of the Trade Union Federation, which is a strategic alliance between SIPTU and Connect Trade Union. Our two unions jointly represent tens of thousands of workers within the construction sector and the associated craft sectors.” Connect Trade Union Assistant General Secretary, Brian Nolan, said: “Unfortunately issues have been raised in relation to construction work being carried out at St. Ita’s Hospital in Portrane. Our attempts to address these issues with the management of JJ Rhatigan have been stifled by its unwillingness to co-operate, even to the point of not meeting with union representatives.” He added: “We are seeking to engage with the company to find a working solution to these issues which have emerged in relation to a construction project which is being publicly funded. We have requested that the company meet with union representatives on or before 22nd February 2019.”