February 24, 2024

Electricians working on Everton’s new Bramley Moore Dock stadium have reportedly downed tools over disputes about pay. Workers, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed they’re not being paid fairly and have also suggested they are being short-changed for overtime. Around 150 members of staff are said to have walked off the site at 3.30pm on Wednesday (January 24).

One said to the Liverpool Echo: “We are the most skilled trade on the site, but are paid the least. We want to see a fair uplift in our pay. A substantial number of colleagues walked off the site today.

“We are local, skilled tradesmen. We just want to support our families. We are giving our blood and guts for the stadium site.

“We are walking off the site at 3.30pm as that is when we have worked our legal eight hours. We are doing everything correctly. We are human beings in a skilled job, we want to be paid correctly.”

The electrician added that there was no official union representation present at the time. Trade union Unite previously claimed construction firm Laing O’Rourke barred their officers from entering the stadium site to speak with the workers – an accusation the company denies.

A general view of seats and terracing at the New Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on November 08, 2023

Protests were also held in August 2022 in relation to union representation, with Laing O’Rourke again asserting it “recognises and supports the rights of the workforce to join a trade union”.

A second electrician, who has been working on the site for about six months, told the Echo that their calls for a pay rise “had been ignored” and this was them “taking a stand”.

He added that electricians from three sub-contractors were all in agreement about the walkout, and they would continue the protest today and going forward until their concerns were addressed.

Aerial Drone General Views of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on January 04, 2024

Everton’s new stadium is due to be finished for the start of the 2025/26 season

Reach PLC approached contractor Laing O’Rourke and they declined to comment. Everton also declined to comment when approached, referring back to Laing O’Rourke.

It’s understood that Laing O’Rourke is fully in charge of the stadium’s design and build, and will hand over control to Everton FC ahead of the club’s move. The club confirmed it would be moving to the new stadium for the start of the 2025/2026 season.

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