Industrial Relations

Mechanical workers at Intel’s €12bn Leixlip plant could strike

Plumbers working at Intel’s Fab 34 plant, as well as others carrying out work on the national children’s hospital, are among those voting in a ballot over industrial action amid a long-running dispute with contractors over travel allowances

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Pat Gelsinger, the global chief executive of Intel, pictured at the company’s Leixlip plant in 2021. Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

Mechanical staff working on construction projects worth billions of euros – including Intel’s Leixlip site and the national children’s hospital – are considering strike action in a bid to push contractors to pay them travel allowances, the Business Post has learned.

Hundreds of plumbers represented by Unite, the trade union, will vote today on a ballot for industrial action over their call for a minimum of one hour’s travel allowance to address rising cost-of-living pressures.