29/05/2009

Longford Nursing Home Staff Go On Strike

Over 40 members of staff have gone on strike at a nursing home in Longford.

The strike action at Our Lady's Manor Nursing Home in Edgeworthstown is a reaction to, what Siptu say, are drastic cutbacks in pay rates and working hours.

These cutbacks are alleged to include the withdrawal of early morning and night shift allowances, as well as a pension and sick-pay scheme.

SIPTU Assistant Branch Organiser Niall Philips said the owners had refused to attend a Labour Relations Commission conciliation conference.

Mr Phillips said: "They've refused to engage with the State machinery, the Labour Relations Commission, so there's nothing to suggest that they would engage with us at any time soon.

"This savage attack on our member's terms and conditions of employment is a blatant and unjust attempt by the new owners to drive down the wages in the Manor in line with the McGivney's two other nursing homes in Co Westmeath, Newbrook Nursing Home, Ballymahon Road, Mullingar and Portiuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham.

The McGivney's unilateral actions have left our members with no other option but to serve strike notice," he said.

(DW/BMcc)

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