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Brian Flanagan represented AECI at the recent ENJIC (Electrical National Joint Industrial Council) meeting on Tuesday 27 November 2012.  Other delegates represented TEEU; ECA ;CIF and Labour Court.

The ECA and TEEU have applied, to the Labour Court, to register a New REA , which the AECI do not support as it does not go far enough to satisfy todays poor economic climate.

At a previous ENJIC meeting, the AECI questioned, how the ENJIC, as an unregistered body,could refer a case to the Labour Court, however, it was clarified the that Application for a New REA was put forward by the ECA and TEEU, which is permissable.

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The TEEU listed a number of sites where they are currently having issues regarding different levels of breaches with the REA  and both Employer Bodies informed the TEEU that they would take up these matters with their respective members and revert to the union.

The ECA confirmed that they are still waiting on the Labour Court to come back to them with a date regarding the Joint TEEU & ECA Application for their proposed REA.

Next ENJIC Meeting is planned for January 2013.

 

 

 

 

A Representative of AECI (Brian Hickey) as part of an Electrical Employer Body’s delegation, consisting of AECI ,ECA ,NECI  ,RECI and the CIF had a meeting with the HSA (Health & Safety Authority) yesterday 28 November 2012.  The meeting was called to express our views and to lodge a complaint with respect to the PSA giving the impression through their advertisement campaign,  that      ” only PSA licence holders were the competenet qualified people  to carry out Access Control & CCTV installation work”, when it is quite clear that the vast majority of these companies, who do not employ qualified electricians, carry out the  electrical element , ie 220/440volt,  part of the Access  Control & CCTV installation works.

We pointed out to the H & S Authority, that the PSA have now created a situation where these ” security companies”  are now carrying out electrical works which is not subject to inspections from either RECI or ECSSA as they are not Registered Electrical Contractors.

The H & S Authority have promised to take up this complaint with the PSA.

We will keep you informed, as a lot of pressure is now being applied to the PSA by all organisations to have a resolution to the Licencing of works, that Electrical Contractors have carried out for years.

 

The AECI together with all other Electrical Bodies have requested a further meeting with the PSA to discuss the Electrical Industry position on carrying out work, on CCTV, Access Control and Automatic Gates on the grounds of Health and Safety as we are aware that non qualified personnel (Non-Electricians) are working on 220 v / 230 v apparatus.

We are awaiting a date from the CEO of the PSA to confirm a date and we will keep you updated on any progress.

AECI has an Executive Council Member / Officer (Mr. Mattie Ryan) representing our Members on the Board of Directors of RECI.

While there are many issues on which we need to question RECI,  as Electrical Contractors, the opportunity all members have is to attend the RECI AGM which normally takes place on a Saturday in May each year (Next RECI AGM Date to be confirmed).

This years winner of the 2012 Golf Outing at Newlands Golf Club was Declan Tighe (Ti Com Electrical)

Declan receiving his Winners Trophy from Michael Connelly of AVIVA (Sponsors) and President Brian Hickey of AECI

On the 05th December 2012 a preliminary hearing will take place to examine the REA, this will be followed by a full hearing on the 18th December 2012, when the Supreme Court will hear the appeal to Justice Hedegan’s High Court decision (June 2012).

The AECI will be keeping a close watch on procedures by being present at these hearings.

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As you may be aware, our Association (AECI) together with all the other Electrical Representative Bodies have had meetings with the PSA (Private Security Authority) to discuss and seek agreement that will satisfy the Electrical Contractors of Ireland, who have already been badly affected by the collapse in the Industry. The Electrical Contractors in Ireland have, for many years, carried out the installation of intruder Alarm Systems and CCTV plus Access Control Systems, however with the proposed introduction of a special licence at an exorbitant cost many Electrical Contractors will be at the loss of this work and ultimately lead to more unemployment in this sector.

The AECI Executive Council arranged a meeting with all the Electrical Trade Associations with a view to create a united approach to contest many issues affecting our Electrical Industry.

On Wednesday 26th September a meeting was called with all the Electrical Bodies and the CER (Commission for Electrical Regulations) Mr Sean Ward.

The Purpose of this meeting was to contest and strongly voice our opposition to the licensing requirements for CCTV and Access Control. The CER has taken on board our very strong points of view and will be contacting the PSA directly.

On Friday 28th September the AECI arranged a meeting with all the Electrical Bodies and the PSA to strongly detail our opposition to the licensing. The delegates from the PSA agreed to look at the situation relating to Electrical Contractors. The PSA indicated that it will examine the possibility of developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RECI and ECSSA to allow Registered Electrical Contractors (REC) to gain access to the system at a greatly reduced cost. The detail of this proposed Memorandum of Understanding is still to be worked out and the group have agreed to develop and submit detailed proposals to the PSA as quickly as possible. In the meantime the PSA have indicated that they will take no action against Registered Electrical Contractors who carry out work in the Access Control and CCTV areas in the short term.

The PSA also confirmed that only the applicants turnover on security work would be counted when determining the licence cost, which is a scale based on turnover. They also confirmed that security lighting will not for at least the next 5 years, be included in the licencing system.

AECI have conveyed a further meeting of all bodies in the AECI Head Quarters on Tuesday 09th October with a view to agreeing a united solution to the problem.

To All in the Electrical Industry

The Annual Electrical Trade Show will take place at the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin on Saturday 15th September 2012.
The show will open at 10am during which a presentation/ seminar will take place.

A special rate for Friday 14th September 2012 evening 4 course meal and B&B has been arranged with the hotel. If you are interested, you can contact Shonagh in the Red Cow Morans Hotel on (01) 4593650.

Please see attached Layout of our Exhibitors that will be there on the day.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Yours sincerely,

Chris Lundy, Executive Secretary AECI

AECI Electrical Trade Show Floor Layout (pdf)

AECI Trade Show Invitation to all in the Electrical Industry (pdf)

AECI Trade Show / Conference 2012 Invitation to Members (pdf)

In April 2012 a matter of serious concern to the entire electrical contracting industry was highlighted in the Private Security Authority (PSA) monthly Newsletter PSA watch Issue 28.

This is the Electrical Federation Industry of Ireland’s (EIFI) response.

Electrical Federation Industry of Ireland (EIFI) Private Security Authority (PSA) Proposal

REA (Registered Employment Agreement ) as signed by TEEU (Technical Engineering and Electrical Union) and ECA (Electrical Contractors Association)

And note, with the AECI (Association Electrical Contractors of Ireland) name removed.

Electrical Contracting Industry Employment Agreement – 27th March 2012