HSE confirms talks to prevent threatened work stoppage by ambulance workers ‘ongoing’

The HSE says discussions are continuing in an effort to avert a threatened work stoppage by ambulance workers in the North West next Monday.

SIPTU ambulance members are in dispute with their employer, the National Ambulance Service.

A work stoppage is planned for four hours next Monday, starting at 8 o’clock in the morning. It would affect services in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and West Cavan.

However, contingency and emergency cover will be provided.

The row is over what SIPTU members says in the imposition of certain measures, including rostering changes, without adequate consultation.

Ambulance workers say this has negatively impacted their terms and conditions.

The National Ambulance Service and the HSE insist these are ‘interim measures.’

In response to a query from Ocean FM News, the HSE says there is ongoing discussion and dialogue with staff and staff representatives using, what it described as, the normal industrial mechanisms of the State.

This involves talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.