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SIPTU calls on Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to engage with union on recruitment and retention of mental health nurses

A delegation from SIPTU Nursing participated in a conciliation conference with the HSE and the Department of Health in Workplace Relations Commission today (June 28th) to highlight a number of issues arising within mental health nursing.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Kevin Figgis said: “Our delegation maintained our intent to address the issues SIPTU members have identified within a comprehensive agreement for mental health nursing.

We will continue to engage with both the HSE, Department of Health in order seek resolution of the issues raised. However, SIPTU now calls for the direct proactive involvement of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in the process, to ensure that appropriate decision making responsibility is available to the resolution of issues raised.

Figgis added: “We understand the potential for industrial action within the service as and from the 29th June. We would ask that SIPTU nursing members continue to present to work for their normal roster and only undertake duties which will not interfere with any action which may be implemented.”

The issues raised during the course of engagement can read by SIPTU Nursing members here

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