Saturday 24 August 2019

Threatened three-day strike by 10,000 hospital support staff deferred

Health support workers Mag Dowling (left) Margaret Doherty (centre) and Naveen Sharma, on strike outside St James’s hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)
Health support workers Mag Dowling (left) Margaret Doherty (centre) and Naveen Sharma, on strike outside St James’s hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Eilish O'Regan and Anne-Marie Walsh

The threatened three-day strike next week by 10,000 health workers has been deferred.

It follows today’s preliminary hearing of the dispute between Siptu and health employers.

The deferral is to allow a full Labour Court hearing to take place.

Health Minister Simon Harris welcomed the move and said it was good news for patients.

Siptu Health Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell, said union representatives have agreed to defer strike action at the court's request.

He said this was to allow for a full hearing to take place with no preconditions.

"The unity and strength of our members on picket lines this week has demonstrated our determination to achieve a just resolution to this dispute," he said.

"Ultimately, our members will decide on the outcome of any recommendations that emerge from negotiations at the Labour Court by way of a secret ballot."

He added: "On behalf of our members, Siptu representatives would also like to thank hospital patients and members of the public for the huge support shown to 10,000 health workers on picket lines this week and throughout this dispute.

“At the request of the Labour Court, Siptu representatives have agreed to defer strike action scheduled to start next Tuesday to allow for a full hearing to take place with no preconditions.

"The unity and strength of our members on picket lines this week has demonstrated our determination to achieve a just resolution to this dispute. Ultimately, our members will decide on the outcome of any recommendations that emerge from negotiations at the Labour Court, by way of a secret ballot.

“On behalf of our members, Siptu representatives would also like to thank hospital patients and members of the public for the huge support shown to 10,000 health workers on picket lines this week and throughout this dispute.”

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