Strike by 10,000 health support staff taking place on Thursday

A 24 hour strike by over 10,000 heath support staff is expected to take place on Thursday after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission broke down last night. The dispute centres around staff pay in relation to the job evaluation process which was suspended during the economic crisis.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has acknowledged that while the money is owed to staff, they will not be in a position to pay it until 2021. SIPTU representative Paul Bell has said that their members signed up to the public service stability agreement in good faith, and now it must be honored.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show today, he said that the union have tried to avoid strike action: