health support workers

  • Health services are to be severely disrupted this Thursday as ten thousand health support staff are set to take strike action.

    A variety of support-staff grades, including chefs, porters and healthcare assistants, are involved in a pay dispute with the HSE.

    The industrial action will hit patients in 38 hospitals and health facilities around the country.

    Talks aimed at resolving the row ended without agreement at the Workplace Relations Commission last night. Siptu's Paul Bell says the strike is now a certainty.

    The HSE will today commence contingency preparations the 24-hour strike.


  • A Mayo TD is calling on the Ministers for Health & Finance to work with SIPTU to try and avoid tomorrow' strike by health support staff.

    10,000 hospital staff will take part in a 24-hour strike tomorrow, with further strikes planned for the coming weeks, in a row over pay.

    Healthcare assistants, porters and catering staff are among the SIPTU workers taking the action.

    Mayo, Galway, Sligo and Roscommon University Hospitals will be impacted by the strike, as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla Hospitals.

    Thousands of patients scheduled for surgery could have their appointments cancelled tomorrow, and there are also fears that some hospitals won't be able to provide regular meals and hot food to patients.

    The HSE says contingency plans are in place, but warns the strike will have a significant impact on services if it goes ahead.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers says the hospital support staff are frustrated, because the Government is failing to follow through on a commitment made in advance of carrying out a job evaluation scheme.


    And Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has also called for the implementation of pay agreements for the hospital support staff, who she says "hold our health service together".

    Senator Conway-Walsh says these workers are on some of the lowest wages within the healthcare system, and should not have to wait so long for pay that's due to them.





  • The Health Minister says he can't understand why the union representing health support staff went ahead with a strike before going to the Labour Court.

    10 thousand workers including cleaners, porters and catering staff have downed tools today in a pay dispute.

    The HSE says we won't know the full impact on hospitals until later today, but that surgeries, inpatient procedures and outpatient appointments will be the areas worst affected.

    The SIPTU union doesn't think going to the Labour Court now would resolve the row, if the goal posts in the dispute continue to change.

    But Health Minister Simon Harris insists that's what needs to happen to avoid more strikes next week:

  • All sides involved in the health support workers' dispute will go to the Labour Court this morning.

    The HSE and SIPTU failed to reach an agreement yesterday in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.

    10-thousand health-support staff are involved in a row over pay- with a strike last Wednesday causing cancellations and postponements at hospitals across the region.

    Three further days of strike action are planned for next week.

    A preliminary hearing will take place in the Labour Court this morning to try to resolve the dispute.

  • SIPTU Health representatives have accepted an invitation to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) tomorrow (Thursday, 27th June) at 10.30 am to discuss the dispute involving 10,000 health service workers over the implementation of a job evaluation scheme.

    The union’s Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell told Midwest News this evening that they have accepted the invitation from the WRC to attend talks tomorrow.

    The 24 hour strike will continue today, he said, and the planned three days of strike action due to take place next week (on 2nd, 3rd and 4th July) will proceed if the dispute is not resolved.

    He added that SIPTU is greatly encouraged by the huge turnout of members on picket lines at 38 hospitals across the country today and “appreciates the support of the public, including patients and visitors to the hospitals, and of colleagues in the health service.”

  • Tomorrow's strike by 10,000 health support workers will go ahead, in their pay-dispute with government.

    Talks between SIPTU, the HSE and Department of Public Expenditure ended last evening without agreement.

    It means healthcare assistants, chefs, porters, cleaners and theatre staff will be among those to down tools from 8am tomorrow morning for 24 hours.

    The strike will result in the cancellation of a number of scope procedures and some elective procedures, as well as some outpatient appointments.

    Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway University Hospitals will be affected, as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla Hospitals.

    The HSE says the strike will have a significant impact on services, with some procedures either having to be deferred or cancelled.

  • The health service won't be disrupted next week after 3 planned strikes by support staff have been deferred.

    Staff at hospitals and other facilities were due to walk off the job next week as part of an ongoing pay dispute.

    But the Labour Court's asked for the industrial action to be deferred so a full hearing can take place between union and government officials.

    SIPTU's Paul Bell is hopeful there can be a resolution.

  • Hospital support staff will go ahead with their planned strike this Wednesday, after talks concluded this evening at the Workplace Relations Commission without an agreement.

    10,000 support staff, who are members of SIPTU, will take part in a 24-hour strike from 8am on Wednesday morning in a dispute over pay.

    SIPTU had already deferred two days of strike action - planned for last Thursday and tomorrow - to allow talks to continue, but say too many issues remain unresolved.

    Wednesday's strike action will impact on the Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and Galway University Hospitals, as well as Merlin Park and Portiuncla Hospitals.