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Monday 21 August 2017

Nurses protest over pension scheme closure

Megan Fenton, from Donegal, and Colette Akhtar-Byrne, from Stillorgan, during a lunchtime protest outside St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin, yesterday.
Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Megan Fenton, from Donegal, and Colette Akhtar-Byrne, from Stillorgan, during a lunchtime protest outside St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Eimear Rabbitt

Psychiatric nurses staged a lunchtime protest outside St Patrick's Mental Health Services yesterday.

The protest was in response to the decision by management of St Patrick's Hospital to close the staff's defined-benefit (DB) pension scheme with effect from June 2.

The DB scheme currently has 274 active members and 224 deferred members.

The workers are calling on management to engage with their union representatives on the decision to cease pension contributions.

The decision to close the DB scheme, which is fully funded, reneges on an agreement reached with the hospital, the pensions board and trustees to protect the core elements of the DB scheme.

An Inter Union Group unanimously agreed to ballot respective members for industrial action, up to and including strike action.

That ballot starts today and the result will be known in a week.

Another protest is due to take place today outside the hospital at Steevens' Lane, James Street, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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