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Saturday 24 February 2018

Nurses march to save their pension

Household staff member Debbie Boylan protesting to save their pension scheme. Photo: Mark Condren
Household staff member Debbie Boylan protesting to save their pension scheme. Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Psychiatric nurses at St Patrick's Hospital, Dublin, are set to be balloted for potential industrial action - after a protest against the closure of their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme.

Hundreds of nurses marched outside the psychiatric unit of the hospital yesterday afternoon, and are calling for management at the hospital to sit down for discussions with them.

The closure will impact on 274 active members and 224 deferred members of the DB scheme, according to unions.

Bernie Kellett (65), from Rialto, Dublin, will be directly affected by the closure of the scheme. "I don't know at the moment about my situation, with all this going on," Ms Kellett said. "It leaves uncertainty. I'm here 16 years. I want my pension, I'm entitled to it. They should be sitting down and talking to us."

Staff working at the hospital are set to be balloted by their unions next Wednesday, though the extent of any potential industrial action is to be decided.

Irish Independent

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