Cork workers on the picket lines as part of nationwide healthcare workers strike 

Cork workers on the picket lines as part of nationwide healthcare workers strike 
SIPTU Members from CoAction on the Section 39 Pay Restoration picket line today in Bantry. Picture: Sharon Cregan, SIPTU.

Around 1,000 healthcare workers are striking across the country today in a dispute over pay restoration, with homecare, dementia and alzheimer's services are among the sectors involved.

In Cork, the stoppage is affecting a number of services - including CoAction Bantry and the Southdoc service.  

The dispute centres around the refusal of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) to honour a recent pay restoration agreement.

SIPTU and Forsa say the cost to resolve the dispute would be no more than €7m.

"Both SIPTU and Fórsa trade unions will engage in strike action in a number of section 39 employers throughout the country," Paul Bell is SIPTU's Health Division Organiser said. 

"Some services will be impacted in the west, the south and the midlands of the country."

Workers at CoAction Bantry have been on the picket line since this morning and said service users and the general public have been sympathetic to their cause. 

"It is very hard for us to strike but the families and people we look after understand why we have to do it and support us," Sharon Cregan said. 

The Southdoc office on the Kinsale Road will be picketed later today, with warnings that the on-call service will be affected by the action. 

"As a result of Industrial Action served on SouthDoc a curtailed service will continue to be provided during this period," a spokesperson said. "SouthDoc wishes to reassure patients that they will be dealt with and no patient will be left untreated. 

"However, there may be some unavoidable delays in making contact through the Call Centre at 1850 335 999.

"Should you experience an emergency, you are advised to call 112 or 999 or go directly to your nearest Emergency Department." 

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