Ambulance emergency call-takers to begin strike action

Date Published : June 20th, 2016    Published By : admin

SIPTU members at the National Ambulance Services' Emergency Operations Centre in Tallaght are to begun industrial action today in a row over pay and staffing levels.

The ‘work-to-rule’ action will not affect emergency calls being received at the ambulance e service 999/112 call centre.

The unions decision to proceed with industrial action follows the failure of last minute talks on Friday in an effort to resolve issues between SIPTU and the HSE.

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Pic: HSE NAS Emergency Operations Centre

John McCamley od Siptu said it was regrettable his members had no option but to implement a work-to-rule. The action was scheduled for earlier in the month but was delayed to allow for negotiations. Mr. McCamley said however, “due to the failure of senior HSE management to properly engage with Siptu representatives these negotiations failed to materialise.”

He said “The failure of HSE management to honour a number of agreements arrived at following negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission regarding staffing levels, the filling of permanent vacancies, payment of correct pay rates and retention of emergency call takers”.

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