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.