Private hospital staff hit by wage cuts
STAFF at a private hospital owned by the prestigious Mount Carmel Medical Group have said they will strike over cuts to pay.
Nurses and other staff at the Aut Even Private Hospital in Co Kilkenny will withdraw their services on March 22 because of a decision by management to cut pay without their consultation or agreement.
The members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) and SIPTU will also engage in lunchtime protests on March 8 and March 15 from 12.30 to 2pm.
The dispute is the latest to hit the private hospital sector over issues relating to employees' pay.
Trade unions had served strike notice at the Bon Secours group of hospitals and the Mater Private hospitals over pay cuts that were introduced unilaterally by management.
However, major patient disruption was averted after it was agreed further cost savings talks would be held.
SIPTU official Denis Hynes said every effort had been made to resolve the issues at the Aut Even Hospital.
"We have tried, in vain, to get management to go with us to the Labour Relations Commission," he said.
"Instead, our members have been intimidated with threats of lay-offs, short-time working and even redundancies."
Management could not be contacted last night.