800 healthcare workers to go on strike in Limerick after talks break down

Fintan Walsh

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800 healthcare workers to go on strike in Limerick after talks break down

AROUND 800 healthcare staff across three Limerick hospitals will take to the picket line, after talks between the Government and Siptu broke down at the Workplace Relations Commission this week. 

Nationwide strike action had been averted for Thursday, after all parties decided to go back to the drawing board. 

Nationwide, 10,000 workers will engage in the industrial action. 

According to reports, the fundamental disagreements between all the parties surrounds the €16.2m owed to members, and attempted job evaluations that would affect members’ entitlements. 

The planned strike action will now commence at 8am on Wednesday and will end at 8am on Thursday. 

While Thursday’s planned strike action was expected to have a “significant” impact on a wide range of services—from scope procedures to catering—it is known yet what kind of impact this week’s strike action will have.