SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services vote for strike action
SIPTU members working in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have today (Wednesday, 26th April) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike in a dispute resulting from a management decision to cease employer contributions to a staff defined benefit pension scheme.
SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry said: “The ballot, which was concluded this afternoon, shows how determined our membership is to resolve this dispute. The fact that 98% of our members are willing to take strike action shows their commitment and determination to achieve justice.
“This result clearly demonstrates that our members are not willing to accept a scenario where their employer makes important decisions pertaining to their lives, without consultation or negotiation with their union.”
She added: “In March, members of the St Patrick’s Mental Health Services staff defined benefit pension scheme were advised that the employer would be ceasing contributions and would transfer its funds to a defined contribution scheme. There was no discussion with the workers’ unions concerning this closure, a position which is completely unacceptable to our members.”
The Group of Unions in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services will meet tomorrow (Thursday, 27thApril) afternoon to discuss the result of the ballot and decide on their next course of action.