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Industrial Relations

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 3 December 2021

Friday, 3 December 2021

Questions (174)

Duncan Smith


174. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Health the engagement he or his Department has had with medical scientists and their union representatives regarding the 94% ballot for strike action by a union (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59243/21]

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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.