Thursday 24 October 2019

Hospital staff back pay deal to halt strike action


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Anne-Marie Walsh

Hospital workers have overwhelmingly backed a pay offer to halt industrial unrest that led to them going on strike in the summer.

Siptu members voted in favour of the Labour Court proposal by more than 95pc in a ballot, it was announced yesterday.

The recommendation will cost an estimated €16m and will mean pay rises of up to 13pc over three years.

Siptu accused the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of trying to block the implementation of pay rises due under a job evaluation scheme.

It issued a recommendation to end the dispute that threatened to cripple the health service.

Among those who will benefit are porters, cleaning staff and laboratory aides.

Siptu said the staff would get increases backdated to September 1 ranging from 6pc to 13pc under the deal.

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

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

Siptu said in a statement that chefs also voted by 98pc in favour of the court's recommendation that could improve their pay and conditions.

"It was never our members' desire to engage in strike action," said health division organiser Paul Bell.

"But after months of obstruction our members were left with no option but to express themselves and their frustrations."

Irish Independent

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