Staff at Oberstown youth detention centre set to strike

Staff at Oberstown youth detention centre set to strike

Staff at Oberstown Detention Centre in Dublin have served notice of industrial action.

A series of four-hour stoppages will commence from next Tuesday.

Residential care workers and night supervising staff at the youth detention centre in Lusk backed the industrial action over safety concerns.

Siptu organiser, Ray Stanley, said: "Our members, along with their colleagues in Impact, have on numerous occasions over the last 15 months raised concerns regarding health and safety issues for staff and the young people that they care for.

"These include the fact that our members are at a daily risk of serious injury and assault.

"Due to management intransigence, the workers have been left with no option but to take industrial action in an attempt to have their concerns adequately addressed.

"Management must immediately engage with staff and their representatives with the aim of agreeing changes at the facility that will ensure that a safe environment is created for staff and the young residents.

"The work stoppages between 8am and 12pm will begin on Tuesday, 31st May, and continue each Tuesday throughout the month of June.

"It is deeply regrettable that staff have had to undertake this action.

"During the industrial action the staff will continue to provide the best care possible.

"They are also committed to ensuring that the action will not interfere with the state examinations being held at the centre during June."


More in this Section

Cllr says arson attack on family home in Longford was 'attempted murder'Cllr says arson attack on family home in Longford was 'attempted murder'

Only a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Ireland, doctor saysOnly a matter of time before coronavirus reaches Ireland, doctor says

Cabinet told Brexit will have adverse impact on citizens and businessesCabinet told Brexit will have adverse impact on citizens and businesses

Ireland remains on high alert for possible Coronavirus cases, Cabinet toldIreland remains on high alert for possible Coronavirus cases, Cabinet told


Lifestyle

THE number of children with mental health issues presenting to the paediatric emergency department in Temple Street has increased dramatically, according to a study by Dr Eoin Fitzgerald.Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is just as scary as you’d imagine, writes Georgia Humphreys.Sweet 16 as Masterchef returns

Martin Hayes doesn’t like to stand still. The fiddle virtuoso from East Clare has made it a hallmark of his career to seek out creative ideas from beyond his musical tradition.Martin Hayes: Breaking new ground

At this point, if we are talking about a collective consciousness and how to move forward, lets go back to basics and talk about what we teach our children and what we were taught ourselves, writes Alison Curtis.Mum's the Word: Children remind us, in a world where we can be anything, be kind

More From The Irish Examiner