Health workers set for action as firefighters suspend strike

Ireland

Fórsa members across eight health and social care professions are set to take industrial action from 11 September in dispute over the career pathway review. Over 90% voted in favour of action, demonstrating the level of frustration with negotiations that began in 2018. The workers are employed in both the public and non-profit sectors and are demanding implementation of the promised career pathway review, meaningful discussions on clinical specialisms, advanced practice and management roles. The union argues that progress on these issues is an important factor in addressing the growing level of vacancies across the professions. Meanwhile, the SIPTU trade union has decided to suspend strike action by retained firefighters while its members consider and vote on an improved offer from the employers. If the deal is agreed station officers will have secure minimum earnings of between €27,400 and €31,730 while new recruits would start on guaranteed minimum earnings of over €18,000 and would move to the increments faster than is currently the case. Guaranteed earnings for firefighters with more than eight years of service would be over €21,500. There are also provisions in relation to the filling of promotional positions and the hiring of 400 new recruits and the agreement would be reviewed every six months to ensure that the recruitment mechanisms stay on course and the policies are rolled out in good time.

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