Sunday 18 August 2019

More than 90pc of hospital support staff vote in favour of strike action

Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell. Photo: Damien Eagers
Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell. Photo: Damien Eagers

Anne-Marie Walsh

THOUSANDS of hospital support staff have overwhelmingly backed strike action after accusing the government of “stonewalling” pay hikes due to them.

A total of 92pc of the workers voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot after accusing Paschal Donohoe’s Expenditure Departure of obstructing a review of their pay.

Speaking at a Pay Justice conference in Croke Park this morning, Siptu health sector divisional organiser Paul Bell warned that services will be hit unless the government changes its stance.

“This government thinks that it’s going to face us down,” he said “Well I’ll tell you now, they’re in for a royal battle.”

He said the dispute is not just about honouring the current pay deal, the Public Service Stability Agreement.

He said it’s about respect and recognition and being valued and visible.

Mr Bell said support staff will no longer accept acting as servants in the “Upstairs, Downstairs” drama of the health service”.

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