Ambulance service workers at Letterkenny University Hospital have announced plans to begin strike action this December.
SIPTU members in the National Ambulance Service based in Letterkenny have said they will begin a campaign of industrial action on Saturday, 9th December, at 1.00 a.m.
Members have stressed that the safety of patients at LUH will not be negatively affected by the action.
The campaign has been organised in response to claims of a management failure to implement a Rights Commissioner recommendation.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Martin O’Rourke, said “Our members are undertaking this industrial action very reluctantly. However, they believe they have been left with no other option due to the failure of management to implement a Rights Commissioner recommendation issued two years ago in relation to compensatory leave following emergency calls.”
“The management position is neither acceptable or reasonable. In relation to this dispute our members have followed best practice and agreed procedures. They won their case but management have simply refused to fully implement the resulting recommendation.
“The initial phase of industrial action has been carefully selected to ensure patient safety is not compromised. This decision is a clear demonstration of the professionalism and commitment of our members to serving the public.”
He added: “SIPTU representatives remain available to engage in meaningful negotiations with management to achieve a resolution to this dispute.”