Thousands of healthcare staff will strike on Wednesday as WRC talks collapse

Thousands of healthcare staff will strike on Wednesday as WRC talks collapse

More than 1,000 healthcare workers will strike this Wednesday after unions and the HSE failed to come to an agreement over pay increases. 

Strike action due to take place tomorrow had been deferred pending the outcome of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

However, talks were unsuccessful and thousands of healthcare workers across Cork and Ireland will now cease work for 24 hours on Wednesday. 

SIPTU Health Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell, had warned earlier: 

“If negotiations are not concluded successfully on Monday, SIPTU members are prepared to take strike action on Wednesday in 38 selected hospitals across the country in pursuit of their legitimate claim for pay justice." 

The strike was initially set to go ahead last Thursday but it was called off to allow for more talks with the HSE.

More than 7,000 staff nationwide, including porters, healthcare assistants, hospital chefs and other support staff were due to go on strike across Ireland.

They are seeking pay increases that would cost the health service around €21 million.

Of the 750 support staff in Cork University Hospital, 94% recently voted for industrial action up to 24 hours and for possible strike action.

The implementation of a job evaluation scheme is at the centre of the dispute.

While tomorrow's action has been averted, SIPTU has scheduled four further strike days if this dispute is not resolved.

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