Strike action by Hospital Support Staff must be avoided

Fianna Fáil T.D. for Mayo Lisa Chambers has called on the Minister for Health and Minister for Finance to work together and liaise with SIPTU reps to try avoid the upcoming 24 hour strike planned by health support staff this Thursday

Speaking on the matter Deputy Chambers said “up to 10,000 Hospital support staff nationwide are due to strike this Thursday. I don’t think the Government fully understand the catastrophic outcome of this strike,”

“The stark reality here is that hospital support staff are instrumental in the running of our hospitals – our hospitals cannot function properly without them”, she said

 “Health care assistants, porters, lab assistants and catering staff across 38 hospitals – including Mayo University Hospital – are frustrated because the Government is failing to follow through on a commitment it made in advance of carrying out a job evaluation scheme.

“During negotiations on the last Public Service Stability Agreement the Government agreed to carry out job evaluations to ascertain where and how job roles had changed and if remuneration should be increased to match any changes,” she said

“We’ve already seen nurses and midwives forced into strike action this year, it’s a damning indictment of Fine Gael’s handling of the health service that these health support staff feel they have no other option other than to go on strike,” she said

“If this goes ahead it will cause significant disruption to the running of our hospitals with serious consequences for patients. These workers are the backbone of our hospital network and without them it could very well grind to a halt”, she concluded.