Louth County Hospital in Dundalk could be affected by proposed industrial action
The Louth County Hospital in Dundalk is amongst 40 hospitals which could be affected by proposed industrial action from health service support staff.
Trade union SIPTU plans to ballot healthcare assistants, radiographers, home helps and other grades on a variety of pay issues in a fortnight.
According to The Irish Times, the union is seeking access for up to 12,000 home helps and healthcare assistants to a job evaluation scheme and believes the outcome of this process will result in many staff being paid more.
Under such job evaluations, if a person’s role, workload or responsibility is found to have expanded, they could qualify for an upgrade involving a pay rise. However it is understood the Government is concerned the move could have significant financial implications.
SIPTU members who work in hospital emergency departments are also seeking similar concessions to those obtained last year by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation after it threatened industrial action. These included promotions, additional leave and a €1,500 education bursary.
The ballot of support staff is due to start on January 23rd and SIPTU at the weekend set out details of the hospitals and health facilities concerned.
These include the Louth County Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.