Press Release

SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services vote for strike action

Date Released: 26 April 2017

SIPTU members working in St Patrick's Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have today (Wednesday, 26th April) voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike in a dispute resulting from a management decision to cease employer contributions to a staff defined benefit pension scheme.

SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry said: “The ballot, which was concluded this afternoon, shows how determined our membership is to resolve this dispute. The fact that 98% of our members are willing to take strike action shows their commitment and determination to achieve justice.
 
“This result clearly demonstrates that our members are not willing to accept a scenario where their employer makes important decisions pertaining to their lives, without consultation or negotiation with their union.”
 
She added: “In March, members of the St Patrick's Mental Health Services staff defined benefit pension scheme were advised that the employer would be ceasing contributions and would transfer its funds to a defined contribution scheme. There was no discussion with the workers’ unions concerning this closure, a position which is completely unacceptable to our members.”
 
The Group of Unions in St Patrick's Mental Health Services will meet ‪tomorrow (Thursday, 27th April) afternoon to discuss the result of the ballot and decide on their next course of action.


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