SIPTU defer Section 39 strike action following intervention from Minister for Health
SIPTU Health representatives, as affiliates to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, have this afternoon (Friday, 14th September) agreed to accept an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) scheduled for Tuesday 18th September.
The move is in response to an understanding that the Department of Health and Health Service Executive have a position to communicate which may resolve the pay justice claim of Section 39 workers.
SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “In response to the intervention from the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, today and at the request of the WRC, SIPTU representatives have agreed to defer strike action scheduled for Tuesday 18th September. It is through the commitment and collective efforts of our shop stewards and members that this crucial position has been reached.”
He added: “The decision taken by our representatives to defer strike action was not taken lightly and is down to the efforts of the WRC, ICTU and our members’ determination to win pay justice without impacting on the clients they care for. The strike action is temporarily deferred and not cancelled. Should the engagement at the WRC not be successful, we will reactivate the strike notice with immediate effect.”