HSE refuses to extend redundancy deadline
THE Health Service Executive (HSE) will today face down demands to extend a tight deadline for applications to new schemes to slash its workforce by up to 5,000.
Sources said it had no intention of extending the time frame for its €400m voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes beyond this Friday.
The schemes, which aim to get staff in management and administrative roles to depart, were announced just two weeks ago, in a bid to reduce the payroll by €200m a year.
IMPACT and SIPTU will also demand that management produce a plan showing how it will deal with the impact on services if thousands of workers opt to leave by the end of December.
Roughly 9,000 workers have made enquiries about the schemes -- although sources said the number of applications was only in the "early hundreds".
Talks will resume at the Labour Relations Commission this morning.