Unions seek ministerial meeting over sleepovers

Wednesday 20th November 2013

IMPACT and Siptu have written to health minister James Reilly seeking a meeting to discuss HSE management’s failure to deal with excessive sleepover demands on staff in residential care facilities. The unions say the HSE and the other voluntary employers are in breach of Irish and EU working time legislation, and that many staff are expected to work 55-70 hours a week.

The unions raised the issue in the media yesterday (Tuesday) after the latest round of Labour Relations Commission talks failed to reach agreement.