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Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (173)

Pádraig O'Sullivan

Question:

173. Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if he has engaged with representatives from the public sector regarding pay equality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55891/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I acknowledge and pay tribute to the dedication, professionalism and commitment of all medical scientists throughout the country and their drive and dedication, which has been a key component of our managing of the pandemic.

Health Management have been engaging with the MLSA on various industrial relations issues under the auspices of the WRC.

As you may be aware, the current Public Service Agreement, Building Momentum, includes the process of Sectoral Bargaining. The MLSA have requested and been facilitated with their own bargaining unit in the sectoral bargaining process which will be the mechanism they can use to advance their claim.

The Department of Health and the HSE remain open to engagement with the MLSA but are compelled to resolve any disputes in compliance with the provisions allowed for under Building Momentum.

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