Union representing some Kerry hospital staff denies strike is opportunistic

The union representing some Kerry hospital staff is denying that upcoming strike action is opportunistic.

From March 7th hospital support staff across the country including at Killarney Community Hospital and University Hospital Kerry, will withdraw from work for certain periods on specific days.

This action involves porters, health care assistants, and catering and security personnel; they’ll join nurses and midwives in their industrial action.

Support staff say they’ve three issues with the HSE – that job evaluations haven’t been carried out, that some staff aren’t getting incremental credits, and they want two days off as was given to Emergency Department nurses last year.

SIPTU health division organiser Paul Bell says support staff want equity, and he’s denied it’s opportunism by the union and members looking for the two extra days.