Frustrated porters to stage industrial action at University Hospital Limerick

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Frustrated porters to stage industrial action at University Hospital Limerick

Industrial action took place on October 9 PICTURE: LIAM BURKE/PRESS 22

MORE THAN 50 incensed porters at University Hospital Limerick are to return to industrial action, one month after they staged a lunchtime protest over ongoing issues. 

The protest will take place this Thursday, between 1pm and 5pm. 

Porters picketed outside the grounds of UHL for two hours on October 9, following talks with management on a number of issues, including proposals for improved break room and canteen facilities. 

Though talks had been ongoing since June last, management encountered “some difficuly” among some porter staff members, resulting in industrial action. 

It appears there has been little progress in these talks since October 9, as a Siptu spokesperson has said the protest will convene “due to management failure to engage meaningfully on industrial relations issues”. 

According to sources, the closure of a communal room is said to be one of the main issues among frustrated staff. 

The UL Hospitals Group was contacted for a comment this Monday.