Tuesday 22 January 2019

Strike action threatened at University Hospital Limerick in overtime payments battle

Ballot for industrial action approved with 95pc support

Limerick University hospital
Limerick University hospital
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The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) warns of an all-out strike of non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) in University Hospital Limerick (UHL) if their battle for overtime pay is not settled by February 22.

The IMO has said that strike action could take place in overtime payments which are owed to NCHDs are not paid by Thursday, December 22.

In a statement released today, the IMO said it has completed a ballot of NCHDs at the hospital and the vote was 95 percent in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action.

The ballot allows the IMO to announce industrial action at the hospital with as little as two weeks notice.

In January 2016, hospital management agreed to pay overtime due and reform and improve its processes so that underpayments for unorostered overtime would not continue.

However, the IMO said that this matter has not been resolved and overtime payments are still outstanding.

Speaking today, a spokesperson for the IMO said: "It is regrettable that the regime in the University Hospital Limerick has forced NCHDs to resort to the threat of industrial action for payment of hours they have worked in service of patient care.

"However, the legitimate frustration among these doctors has now reached a critical point."

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