July 30th, 2008
The HSE has today, Wednesday, July 30th, confirmed that following talks at the Labour Relations Commission involving the HSE and IMPACT, both parties have agreed to engage in a process aimed at resolving the current dispute.
The process will now allow for discussions to take place regarding issues to be identified by both sides. Under the aegis of the LRC, the parties will continue to meet bilaterally and will report on progress to the LRC.
In order to assist in the continuation of the talks process, at the request of Mr Kevin Foley, LRC Director of Conciliation Services, both parties have agreed to the following:
- A commitment by the HSE and Health Employers that no IMPACT member will suffer loss of employment or worsening of terms and conditions over the four week period from July 30th
- A partial cessation by IMPACT of its current industrial action
Commenting today, Mr Sean McGrath, HSE Director of Human Resources noted:
"The talks to date have been positive and constructive. The HSE welcomes the opportunity now afforded to both parties by this LRC process and we remain committed to resolving all of the outstanding issues. It is in all our interests to resolve them to allow us to continue developing and improving our health service which is obviously and clearly our overall goal."
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Last updated on: 30 / 07 / 2008