University Hospital Limerick management to hold talks to avoid porter protest

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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University Hospital Limerick management to hold talks to avoid porter protest

URGENT talks are to be held in a bid to prevent a protest from taking place at University Hospital Limerick this week. 

This Tuesday morning, Siptu informed the Limerick Leader that more than 50 porters are to return to the picket lines this Thursday. 

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. 

Talks had been ongoing since June 2018, but management and staff failed to come to a complete agreement. 

It appears disgareements have continued since the October 9 protest, as a Siptu spokesperson said that a protest will now take place on Thursday at 1pm “due to management failure to engage meaninfully on industrial relations issues”. 

However, the UL Hospitals Group is now making efforts to resolve the dispute to avoid the possibility of a protest. 

A spokesperson told the Limerick Leader: “We are engaging with the relevant union official representatives at 1.15pm on Wednesday, November 7th in an effort to resolve the matter.”