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No room for spectator politics in hospital support staff dispute – Mary Lou McDonald

5 June, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has called for the Minister for Health to intervene in respect of the proposed strike action by hospital support staff on 20 June.

Mary Lou McDonald said that “there is no room for spectator politics” on this issue and called on the government to engage in meaningful talks with the workers who she described as “the backbone of the health service.”

She said:

“Sinn Féin supports the striking hospital support workers. These are among the lowest paid workers in the sector and they are entirely justified in their call for a pay increase as recommended by a job evaluation process.

“The government cannot on one hand justify the exorbitant overspend on the National Children’s’ Hospital while at the same time denying these workers a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

“We saw the result of the government’s failure to engage with the nurses who were forced to go out on the picket line on several occasions before they were finally listened to. We cannot have a repeat of this situation with respect to the hospital support workers.

“There is no room for spectator politics on this issue. The government must engage meaningfully with the union with a view to finally implementing the outstanding pay increases.”

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