SIPTU calls for Government intervention to avert strike action

Date Published : August 5th, 2016    Published By : admin

Calls are being made for the Government and the Department of Health to intervene in a dispute between the Health Service Executive and SIPTU, the official body representing ambulance personnel of the National Ambulance Service.

Next Wednesday, August 10th is the date set for strike action by the ambulance eservice.

Talks are continuing and the union has said this evening talks to resolve the dispute are making progress and will continue in the hopes of reaching a resolution.  Paul Bell of SIPTU's Health Division said that while pay is part of the dispute it is not the most important issue as staff want to see the service properly resourced.

Speaking ahead of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, Mr Bell said that the union will do everything it can to ensure that a resolution is reached before industrial action, which is planned for Wednesday.

The dispute is over the implementation of recent Labour Court recommendations on pay and conditions which SIPTU claims have not been honoured by the HSE.

The union says some progress was made on a number of issues during talks at Liberty Hall in Dublin yesterday but not enough to break the deadlock.

Strike notice was served last month after members voted for industrial action.

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