Three days of strike action at hospitals and health centres around the country have been deferred at the request of the Labour Court.
The health support staff dispute was referred to the court last night after talks between SIPTU and Government officials broke up without agreement.
The dispute saw 10,000 workers at 38 facilities taking to the picket lines for 24 hours last Wednesday.
They were due to strike again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next and next week; however, that has now been deferred at the court’s request.
A 3-day strike by 10 thousand health workers next week has been deferred
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Speaking outside the hearing this afternoon, SIPTU spokesperson Paul Bell said the strikes have been deferred ahead of a "full Labour Court hearing" next Thursday.
"The Labour Court has requested that in the time that they are dealing with this matter that SIPTU defer its strike action," he said.
"We have agreed to this request from the Labour Court and as such services will not be disturbed on Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday of next week.
"Our members will undertake our full normal duties throughout this process."