Many of the day lost to industrial action in 2017 were attributed to disputes within the transport and storage sector with some 76% of the days lost in 2017 associated with these sectors. A three week strike at Bus Éireann that commenced in March 2017 and continued into April 2017 is one of the determining factors in the high number of days lost in 2017 compared to 2018.
There were two disputes in progress in quarter 4 of 2018 involving 217 workers compared to six disputes involving 595 workers in quarter 3 of 2018.
The figures indicate that 2018 had the lowest level of days lost to industrial disputes since 2011 in which 3,695 days were lost to strike action.
Given the nurses dispute took place in the first quarter of 2019 it is expected that the first quarter of this year will display higher numbers of days lost compared to the final quarter of 2018.
Nursing unions and HSE Management are returning to the Labour Court this week following the Labour Court’s Recommendation that issued to the parties last month and resulted in suspension of further strike action. However, the two sides have so far failed to reach agreement on a new contract containing productivity measures to offset the cost of the new Enhanced Nurse Practice Grade.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019