SIPTU members at Bon Secours Hospital in Galway to form part of national ballot for industrial action

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – SIPTU members working in the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway are to form part of a national ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action.

It’s in an effort to secure a job evaluation process for up to 500 support grade workers – with over 100 at Bon Secours Galway impacted.

Support grade workers include health care assistants, porters, catering attendants and cleaners.

The decision follows a consultation which took place over recent weeks after which it has been agreed to ballot for both industrial and strike action across five hospital locations in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork and Kerry.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Miriam Hamilton, says the Bon Secours Health System and SIPTU have a long standing agreement linking the pay and working conditions of Bon Secours members to those of workers in the HSE.

She argues members believe that pay movements arising from the implementation of the job evaluation scheme in the HSE should also be applied to support grade workers in the Bon Secours Health System.