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Drogheda hospital to vote on industrial action

The 295 UNITE trade union members at the hospital will vote on whether to engage in industrial action.

MEMBERS OF THE trade union Unite are to ballot on taking industrial action at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, RTÉ reports.

The dispute has arisen over a range of issues, including health and safety matters, patient care and the use of outside contractors and agency staff. UNITE has 295 members employed as hospital porters and support staff in the hospital.

The vote will concern industrial action up to and including the withdrawal of labour.

According to Claire Keane, Unite regional officer, series of undertakings relating to the opening of the new multi-million-euro Emergency Department in the hospital have been ignored.

Keane said there was an unwillingness by management to engage with staff, either directly or through the Labour Relations Commission.

Tthe result of the ballot will be announced on Tuesday.

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