SIPTU to attend WRC over planned ambulance strike

Industrial action is due to take place on Wednesday August 10th

SIPTU will attend a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission today in an attempt to avert industrial action by ambulance service staff.

Last month 92% of members in the National Ambulance Service voted in favour of strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

SIPTU has said the dispute is over a management failure to implement Labour Court recommendations, honour national public service pay agreements and resource the ambulance service.

The industrial action will affect all grades of workers in the National Ambulance Service - however if the strike goes ahead on Wednesday August 10th, contingency measures will be put in place.

Representatives from SIPTU met with HSE management and officials from the Department of Health yesterday but the parties were unable to resolve the dispute. 

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: "SIPTU representatives will enter the talks in the WRC with a constructive attitude aimed at securing solutions to this dispute.

"There is still much to be agreed between our members and management if an all-out strike is to be averted."