Psychiatric nurses set to take industrial action next week

Thu, May 21, 2015

Psychiatric nurses at University Hospital Galway will begin industrial action next week in a bid to ensure a safer environment for staff and patients at the hospital's acute psychiatric unit.

Some 90 per cent of staff in the Galway West mental health services voted two weeks ago in favour of taking action on Tuesday next after their union, the Psychiatric Nurses Association, served notice on the Health Service Executive.

They will begin with a work-to-rule and progress up to and including strike action if necessary, according to union spokesperson Peter Hughes. He says the move is in response to what he claims is the failure of HSE management to address staffing and safety issues at the unit.


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