Date Released: 25 February 2016
SIPTU Health Division members visited striking 999 emergency call centre workers on their picket line in Navan, County Meath, during a 12-hour work stoppage today (Thursday, 25th February) to express solidarity with their demand for decent working conditions.
SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “SIPTU members in our National Ambulance Service and Communications Workers Union (CWU) members employed to operate the 999 emergency call service work together everyday serving the public. It is only right that we stand by their side today as they struggle for decent working conditions.
“The workers are calling on their employer, Conduit Global, to negotiate fair corrective action and on-call policies, accept workers right to collectively bargain as well as pay them a Living Wage of €11.50 per hour. SIPTU Health Division calls on the management of Conduit Global to engage meaningfully with the CWU to resolve this dispute.”
SIPTU Paramedic member, Joe O’Dwyer, based in Navan, said: “The stand taken by the members of the CWU in their campaign for dignity and respect in the workplace has the full support of our members. It’s important all trade unionists working in emergency services stick together if we are to win improved terms and conditions and be valued for the life saving work we do.”