Wednesday 18 September 2019

Pay rise of up to 13pc in deal for hospital support staff

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA

Anne-Marie Walsh

More than 7,000 hospital support staff who went on strike this summer are set to ballot on a pay deal that will cost an estimated €16m.

The Labour Court has issued a recommendation to end a dispute that threatened to cripple the health service.

Siptu said it means members including porters, cleaners and laboratory aides will get pay rises worth up to 13pc.

The Labour Court has recommended increases for workers including porters, cleaning staff, laboratory aides and chefs to be paid over three years in a bid to end the row.

Siptu said they will receive increases from September 1 ranging from 6pc to 13pc under proposals that mean they move to higher pay bands.

This is on top of a 1.75pc pay rise due to all public servants next month under the current wage deal.

The court also recommended the union and HSE attend talks on chefs' pay.

Balloting on the court proposals will begin next Monday and end on September 18.

Irish Independent

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