SIPTU has criticized the HSE over their unilateral decision to outsource all support services in Mount Carmel Hospital, South Dublin.
SIPTU Health Divisional Organiser Paul Bell said: “This decision is a clear and unambiguous breach of the Public Service Agreement. The HSE have never at any time spoke to this Union who represents these grades which they are obliged to under the service delivery clause in the agreement.
Bell told SIPTUhealth.ie that he intends to confront this decision and has not ruled out industrial action. “I have already put the HSE on notice last week in a formal letter to Corporate Employee Relations of our members deep concern in this regard and it will be brought up on this weeks agenda of the Health Service Oversight Body.”
“We are conscious of the zealousness of certain interests within both the Department of Health and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform demonstrating an anxiety to outsource as many of our members jobs as possible. This attitude is not acceptable and is most unhelpful with Government having confirmed that the staff recruitment embargo has been lifted and that the “emergency’ is now over with confirmation of pay talks in April or May,” Bell concluded.