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Strike action by health support staff suspended

Trade union Siptu said the industrial action has been suspended pending the outcome of a Labour Court hearing.

The strike action has been deferred (Brian Lawless/PA)
The strike action has been deferred (Brian Lawless/PA)

Three days of strike action by 10,000 health support staff planned for next week has been deferred to allow further talks to take place, it has been confirmed.

Trade union Siptu said the industrial action has been suspended pending the outcome of a Labour Court hearing.

The union said strikes in 30 hospitals across the country planned for next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday have been deferred.

The court hearing to resolve the dispute over hospital support staff pay has been set for Wednesday July 3.

Siptu health divisional organiser, Paul Bell, said: “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 Paul Bell, Siptu

“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.”

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.”

The Labour Court began a preliminary hearing on Friday in an attempt to divert the strike action.

It comes after catering staff, porters, cleaners and technicians manned picket lines earlier this week.

The dispute emerged between workers and the HSE over what Siptu claims is a failure to implement increases in pay for workers after a job evaluation scheme deemed the staff were underpaid.

The HSE said that more than 2,000 patients had appointments cancelled, including surgical procedures, scope procedures, and outpatient appointments, across 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities.

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