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Government privatisation agenda leads to Ambulance Union strike notice – Morgan

11 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Workers' Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has called on the Government to explain to the Dáil why it has chosen to contract out ambulance services to private firms rather than properly invest in the emergency service. Deputy Morgan was speaking in the Dáil today as SIPTU announced that it is to serve strike notice on the HSE on behalf of its 1,200 emergency ambulance workers.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said, "The announcement by SIPTU that it is to serve strike notice on the HSE on behalf of it 1,200 emergency ambulance workers is the result of the continuation of the Government's privatisation of agenda of the health services. It comes on the back of the unilateral decision by the HSE to sign contracts with three private operators last December.

"There needs to be a proper consultation with SIPTU as the representatives of the workers in this case. The Government must also explain to this house why it has not invested in the emergency ambulance service but instead has chosen to contract out ambulance services to private firms."

Deputy Morgan added, "HSE claims, that it is obliged to initiate a tendering process due to EU regulations, is not an acceptable excuse. Nor does it hide the privatisation agenda of this Government." ENDS

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