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Siptu said the HSE would pay out over €200m on agency personnel this year.

The Health Service Executive has had to pay compensation of up to €10,000 in some cases to employment agencies when it wanted to offer permanent posts(...)

The union’s health division chief Paul Bell told the committee ‘the system of approval for the filling of vacancies  . . . is designed to frustrate’. File photograph: Alan Betson

There are more than 2,600 fewer staff working in mental health services than recommended in the official Government policy for the sector, the HSE has(...)

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Home help services in parts of Dublin and Wicklow are facing potential strike action in the run up to Christmas which could result in disruption for t(...)

Siptu’s Paul Bell: ‘We expect that the Government will respond positively and quickly to these ballot results.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Industry Correspondent Health service support staff have overwhelmingly backed Labour Court proposals which will see them receive pay increases of b(...)

The court’s recommendations follow nine days of hearings on an impasse that affects almost 10,000 support staff including healthcare assistants, laboratory aides, technicians and porters. File photograph: Getty

Thousands of health support staff should be given pay increases from next month, the Labour Court has recommended in a move that could prevent further(...)

A Labour Court process aimed at resolving a dispute involving up to 10,000 health support staff will resume. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

A Labour Court process aimed at resolving a dispute involving up to 10,000 health support staff working in hospitals throughout the State will resume (...)

Siptu urged its members in health service support grades “to continue to prepare for strike action, possibly the week after next”.   Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Further strikes by thousands of health service support staff may take place in the week after next, the trade union Siptu has warned. Talks at the La(...)

Hospital healthcare assistants, laboratory aides, technicians and porters warned that a one-day strike earlier this month would be followed by three days of action. Photograph: Getty Images

Talks at the Labour Court hearing to resolve the pay dispute involving up to 10,000 health support staff working in hospitals throughout the State hav(...)

Siptu-represented  hospital workers are planning three days of strikes next week. Photograph: Cate McCurry/PA Wire

Talks aimed at averting three days of scheduled strike action by health service support staff ended without agreement on Thursday night at the Workpla(...)

Minister for Health  Simon Harris said he hoped the dispute would be referred to the Labour Court today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has said a strike by 10,000 health service support staff on Wednesday will have a significant impact on services in(...)

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