SIPTU representatives have said that significant progress has been made in negotiations today (Tuesday, 18th September) with officials from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Department of Health to resolve a pay dispute for members working in Section 39 organisations. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The engagement today was challenging but extremely productive. The principle of pay restoration was accepted by the government side. The parties have now adjourned until Tuesday, 2nd October, to consider a number of matters including a timetable and process for pay restoration over an agreed period of time and how the mechanics of pay restoration will be implemented. These talks were convened to bring about a resolution to the national dispute concerning pay justice for Section 39 workers and we are confident that we have made significant progress.”He added: “What has emerged from these negotiations today is that there is an opportunity to provide a clear roadmap for Section 39 organisation workers to have their pay restored in a manner which corresponds to their counterparts directly employed by the HSE.”