Ireland - Healthcare sector threatened with industrial action - December 31, 2018

More than 7000 health service staff will be balloted for strike action in the new year over a 17 million euro wage dispute. Trade union Siptu said the decision stems from a government refusal to pay an increase in wages. According to the union the government has failed to give pay rises to workers such as surgical instrument technicians and lab staff in line with recommendations from independent job evaluations. The union said that some are underpaid by up to 6000 euro a year. Earlier this month, the vast majority of nurses and midwives with the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay and staff shortages.

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