SIPTU Health representatives to announce the result of Labour Court recommendations ballot tomorrow

SIPTU Health representatives will announce the result of the members’ ballot on two Labour Court recommendations aimed at resolving the dispute involving support grade staff and chefs in the health service on Wednesday (18th September) at noon in Liberty Hall, Dublin.

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1 min readSep 17, 2019
SIPTU announce strike ballot results. Pictured are (l to r) Anne Sweeney (Housekeeping Department for 12 years in Letterkenny University Hospital), Natasha Linehan (Chef grade 1 for 15 years at St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork), Margaret Fox (Cavan General Hospital), Margaret McDermott (Cavan General Hospital, Endoscopy Unit) and Bridget Manning (Catering Department for 11 years, Cork University Hospital), after it was announced that workers in health service support grades in 36 hospitals have voted to strike in a recent ballot in a dispute over pay. The announcement was made at a special conference on pay justice in Croke Park today. Photo: Leah Farrell /

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Over the summer, our members have been voting on these recommendations and the progress we have made in achieving significant pay awards through our agreed job evaluation scheme. These payments are in addition to the 1.75% increase in pay due from 1st September 2019 under the terms of the Public Service Stability Agreement.

“Our chef members are also very close to securing pay justice, with the Labour Court recommending that proactive process is undertaken by the union and the Health Service Executive (HSE). Once the ballot result is clear and if we have secured a mandate we will seek to engage with the HSE and build on the work already undertaken in order to assess and evaluate the pay issues particular to chefs and head chefs in the health service.”