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Siptu nurses to stage third strike

The nurses are walking out to highlight the understaffing at Mid-West Regional Hospital Limerick's A and E department.

29 September 2011

Nurses working in the Mid-West Regional Hospital Limerick in Ireland are to stage a third walkout.

The workers belong to the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (Siptu) - which has over 200,000 members - and the industrial action has been planned for October 4th.

Protesters hope to highlight the unacceptable conditions that have been allowed to develop at the infirmary because of underfunding and understaffing.

It remains to be seen whether union bargaining can be used to try and avert the demonstration, which is due to last for four hours from 08:30 BST.

Siptu Mid-West nursing organiser Jim McGrath observed the employees hope the action will "finally make management respond to the deteriorating situation in the A and E department".

He added strike negotiations took place on Tuesday (September 27th), but an agreement on the key issues of more staff members and closed beds being reopened was not reached.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Siptu press release, September 28th

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