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Government cannot act as spectators on hospital support staff dispute – Mary Lou McDonald TD

19 June, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has criticised the government for their inaction in the face of the planned hospital support staff strike tomorrow.

Deputy McDonald called on the government to keep their word with respect to the pay increases mandated by the job evaluation scheme in 2017.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The government cannot act as spectators in the face of significant strike action tomorrow at 38 hospitals throughout the state.

"They must keep their word and ensure that the pay rises mandated by the job evaluation scheme are implemented.

“Hospital support staff are vital to our health services. They are the porters, healthcare assistants, chefs and surgical instrument technicians who provide essential services in our hospitals on often very low wages.

"They will strike tomorrow as a last resort due to sustained inaction on the part of government.

“The job evaluation scheme found that these workers are underpaid for the roles they carry out, with their pay failing to match their skill levels.

"The government’s failure to honour the recommendation of the scheme is what has led to the strike action tomorrow.

“The threat of strike action can be ended. Not by third parties or by the Labour Court or WRC. It can be ended by a government who keep their word and do not stand by and comment from the sidelines.”

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