Proposals drafted to end Drogheda hospital dispute

Fórsa and management at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda have drafted proposals designed to resolve a dispute at the hospital over post upgrades and promotions that have taken place outside of agreed processes.

Fórsa members at the hospital held a lunchtime protest about the ongoing dispute last Friday (5th November). Issues with the recruitment process emerged earlier this year, and Fórsa made representations to both Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and RCSI senior management.

However, the branch said that post upgrades and promotions continued “outside of fair, clear and transparent procedures,” and Fórsa sought the assistance of the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission) in on the issue.

Fórsa official Lynn Coffey said an extensive engagement with hospital management on Wednesday (10th November) produced a set of proposals which, if agreed and implemented, would help to resolve the dispute.

Lynn added: “Wednesday’s meeting was productive, with real engagement on both sides. We’re awaiting a final copy of the proposals discussed, which would allow any upgrades and promotions to take place under a clear, fair and transparent process, and we hope that the matter can be brought to a swift conclusion” she said.

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