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Electricians: 'Work puts a strain on family'

Working on contracts means going to where the job is – and often living in digs

Issue No. 2274

Workers go where the job is. Many leave family behind to live in digs for weeks or months. Bosses even find ways to use this travelling to discipline workers.

During the current run of protests, a number of militant electricians have been moved to other sites.

One worker, John, said, “I’m in my 50s but I live in digs most of the time. It’s a strain on family, a strain all round.

“I’m directly employed, so as jobs come to an end the agency workers get let go first.

“But if they think you’re causing trouble they tell to go to another site.

“If you say no, you know you won’t be with that firm for long.”

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