Maintenance staff at Mayo University Hospital have been undertaking a daily lunchtime protest outside the hospital for weeks now.

 The protesters are members of Connect and Siptu trade unions.

They claim that their contracts are being significantly changed by the HSE / Hospital Management without any consultation or discussion.

Midwest News spoke to some of the protesters last week and afterwards asked the HSE for a response.

 Several days later the HSE – Saolta Hospital group issued the following statement.

“This dispute is an unofficial action and the employer has continued from the outset to secure meaningful engagement within the agreed processes. A matter has been referred to the Labour Court under the Public Service Agreement and management has not implemented any changes associated with this pending the outcome of the Labour Court hearing”.

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