Health meeting cancelled due to industrial action

CURRENT industrial action by Fórsa saw Tuesday’s meeting of Regional Health Forum, West cancelled.

Fórsa’s clerical and administrative members in the HSE have been engaged in a sustained action of non-cooperation since October 6.

The industrial action is designed to maximise disruption for HSE senior management, but to minimise disruption to service delivery and service users.


The trade union has said it has taken the move in response to the HSE’s unilateral imposition of a moratorium on recruitment for those grades in September.

Last month, the HSE imposed a recruitment freeze on certain health care workers, a move which the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) said would “send healthcare into free fall”.

Since October 6, Fórsa’s clerical and administrative members in the HSE have been instructed not to undertake tasks, functions or responsibilities associated with any vacant post.

Members were also ordered to boycott all engagement in relation to HSE Health Regions also known as Regional Health Areas (RHAs).

Action escalated on Friday, October 27. A Fórsa spokesperson told the Donegal News that since then, members have been advised to decline, unless normally rostered, to work over weekends and / or bank holidays, and not to use their allocated mobile phone outside of their normal working hours unless it is for emergency purposes.

Members have also been advised not to work outside their agreed contract working hours, unless in receipt of agreed overtime rates (this does not include flexi time).

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