Ireland - Broken promises anger health service staff - February 28, 2017

A wage increase for nurses had been due in September 2016 under the Lansdowne Road Agreement but was brought forward to compensate public servants who did not benefit from a €50m Garda pay deal. Gardaí got an extra €4,000 added to their earnings due to the deal that was offered in a Labour Court recommendation to avoid an unprecedented strike in November 2016. The nurses' representative bodies are currently engaged with a Lansdowne Road Agreement Oversight Body and that was a condition for the wage increase being brought forward. Trade union SIPTU announced that health service support staff voted by 94% in favour of taking strike action, which will begin in selected hospitals on the same day as the nurses' industrial action, 7 March 2017.

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