• 10,000 health workers will go on strike on Wednesday if further talks on Monday aren't successful.

    Support-staff at various grades are involved in a row over pay and a jobs evaluation scheme with the HSE.

    Talks took place between both sides at the Workplace Relations Commission over the last two days.

    After some progress, it was announced that Tuesday's strike was called off.

     Siptu's Paul Bell says as things stand, a 24-hour stoppage will go ahead at 38 hospitals and health facilities on Wednesday.

  • Gardaí now have some of the same rights as other workers.

    Members of the force have access to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for the first time.

    A new Act will allow for the resolution of industrial relations disputes, while new internal mechanisms to sort out disputes have also been brought in.

    AGSI Deputy General Secretary Antoinette Cunningham says they will now be informing members on what rights they have.

  • Representatives from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are to meet with the HSE this afternoon.

    The talks, taking at the Workplace Relations Commission, are aimed at averting planned strike action - the first of which is due to take place a week from today.

    The union says that low levels of pay have left the public health service unable to recruit and retain enough nurses and midwives to safely care for patients.

    INMO spokesperson Phil Ní Sheaghdha says that even though "no serious proposals" have been brought forward so far, she's hopeful progress can be made at today's talks:

  • More than 2,000 surgical and scope procedures and outpatient appointments  nationally were cancelled yesterday  as a result of a 24-hour strike by 10,000 health care workers in a dispute over pay.

    The HSE said the industrial action created a challenging situation and that difficulties arose as the strike began at 8am yesterday in maintaining “essential daily care” for inpatients such as nutrition, hydration, transfer of patients, cleaning and infection control”.

    The 24 hour industrial action concluded at 8am this morning.

    According to today’s Irish Times, health care assistants, maternity care assistants, porters, laboratory aides, chefs, and surgical instrument technicians were on strike as part of a dispute in which Siptu says they are entitled to increases of between €1,500 and €3,000 as a result of the findings of a job evaluation scheme.

    However, the union has rejected a Government proposal for the phased payment of the money commencing in November and running to 2021.

    Talks aimed at averting three further days of strike action next week are to reconvene at the Workplace Relations Commission this morning.

    Siptu’s Paul Bell says while they have accepted an invitation to the talks, the further stoppages next week have not been deferred.He says there's no resolution in sight.


  • Tomorrow's strike by health workers has been deferred to allow for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission. 

    Siptu representatives have confirmed that a 24 hour workplace stoppage at 38 hospitals and healthcare facilities has been postponed at the request of the WRC. 

    The union says discussions on the implementation of the job evaluation scheme will get underway tomorrow. 

    However it says preparations for strikes next Tuesday and Wednesday will continue.


  • Unions representing staff at the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea are to return to the Workplace Relations Commission next month, following what they term is a "breach of trust" by the HSE.

    An agreement had been entered into under the guidance of the WRC that would involve the HSE engaging with staff about their future plans, but unions say this has not happened, and staff members are now being asked to apply for a transfer to vacant positions in a number of psychiatric units across Roscommon, Galway and Mayo.

    The staff members are represented by SIPTU, Forsa and the PNA.

    A number of residents in the Rosalie Unit have been transferred to other care settings in recent weeks, and it's understood only 5 residents remain in the Castlerea facility.

    Padraig Mulligan of the Forsa trade union says it's not acceptable to expect a staff member to travel as far as Portumna for work.....