Date Released: 12 November 2015
SIPTU members working as Support Staff in Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway, will engage in a two-hour work stoppage from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday 13th November) in protest at a unilateral decision by management to begin using private contractors to cover the Emergency Department.
SIPTU Industrial Organiser Pat Flannery said: “This shows total disregard by management of its obligations under the Lansdowne Road Agreement and has happened without any engagement or agreement. The hospital had sanction to fill three vacancies directly. This approval was secured in December 2014 but the posts were never filled.”
“It is a blatant attempt by management to outsource the cleaning of a public hospital to private contractors.”