Red Alert Warnings/Storm Ophelia
Following Storm Ophelia, SIPTU representatives submitted a claim to recognise the work of all staff who were in a position to report for duty during the height of the storm on 16th October 2017.
In this regard, the Health Service Executive (HSE) confirmed today (Tuesday, 27th February) that all SIPTU Health members who attended for work on the 16th October 2017 should have the time credited to them. The timing of taking this leave should be agreed locally.
The HSE has also confirmed in this circular that:
“where such an event occurs in the future, where for health and safety reasons some employees are unable to attend for duty; those affected can be granted annual leave from their allocation, for the hours they were scheduled to work. If the employee has no annual leave remaining, they may use leave from their next leave cycle, and have their allocation adjusted accordingly.”
SIPTU representatives are seeking a meeting with the HSE to resolve any outstanding matters.