SIPTU members in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, James’s Street, Dublin 8, have served notice of industrial action, up to and including strike action, to commence on Wednesday, 24th May, in a dispute concerning the unilateral closure of the facility’s defined benefit pension scheme. SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry, said: “It is regrettable that our members have been left with no option but to take this action. For almost 500 workers to be told that their pension scheme is closed, with no warning or negotiation, is wholly unacceptable. “What form of industrial action our members will implement is to be determined at the next St Patrick’s Mental Health Services group of unions meeting. A complete withdrawal of labour is a possibility.” She added: “As always, our members are very much focused on the needs of the patients that they care for, and their families. The employer now has a three-week window to face up to its responsibilities to its staff, patients and their families. “Union representatives remain available to engage in a meaningful manner with management to find a sustainable solution to this dispute and avoid any disruption in services.”