Second day of hospital protests over pay cuts

A SECOND day of protests will take place today outside one of the country’s best-known private hospitals as part of opposition to pay cuts.

SIPTU say the 4-6% pay cuts at Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin were unilaterally enforced in January, without any consultation with staff. Three unions, SIPTU, IMPACT and the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA), have served strike notice on the hospital for next Monday.

Those on strike will include radiographers, laboratory scientists, pharmacy, nursing, clerical/administrative and grounds staff.

Branch organiser, SIPTU Health Division, Kevin Figgis said unions have sought to engage with their employer and to enter a process whereby financial challenges can be independently verified.

“Our members deserve the right to respond to any identified financial challenge that may exist without the hospital automatically resorting to pay cuts. To date, we have been presented with no verifiable evidence and it is unacceptable that members should receive notice of a reduction to salary without any prior consultation or attempts to agree an alternative.” he said.

“The unions have proposed that the parties should use the same terms of engagement as agreed recently with other private hospital employers to resolve pay disputes, but this has been rejected by management out of hand.”

A spokesman for the hospital was unavailable for comment last night.

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