St John of God’s Kerry says new roster coming in despite strike threat

Management at St John of God’s, Kerry say the time for talking has to end and a new roster must be introduced despite the threat of strike action. St John of Gods General Manager, Claire Dwyer, says while cost savings are part of the motivation for changes, the main reason is to bring a quality service to residents at St Mary of the Angels in Beaufort; she says the current roster has been in place for 30 years. Ms Dwyer says there are three new rosters being proposed, and they’ve been put to the 220 staff and unions. She says they’ve been talking with unions and the Workplace Relations Commission for 2 and a half years, and while management are available to continue talks, it’s now time to implement changes. [audio_player src=””] The INMO has balloted their members on strike action; the result of this is due this evening. Meanwhile SIPTU, which represents approximately 100 staff in Beaufort, is holding a meeting with their staff tomorrow evening.