Friday, April 08, 2016

Unite met with representatives of the HSE yesterday (Thursday April 7) to discuss the issues underlying the current dispute involving members of the Waterford City and County ambulance service.  Following a lengthy members’ meeting last night, it was decided to reject the proposals advanced by management since members did not feel they represented a long-term, sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute.  In particular, members felt that the proposals did not address the underlying resources issues which are undermining patient safety.

Therefore, the industrial action which was suspended to allow for talks resumed today (Friday April 8) at 11 am, and will continue for four days.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said:

“Unite remains available to discuss our concerns.  Our priority remains to ensure that our members can provide patients with the very highest standards of service and care.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all the members of the public who have expressed their support for our action, which has been designed to avoid affecting patient care”, Tony Kelly said.

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