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14th January 2022, 19:18

​Unite members within GHA's industrial staff vote overwhelmingly in favour of non-uniform selective industrial action

Unite members within the GHA's industrial staff, domestics and hospital attendants have voted overwhelmingly in favour of non-uniform selective industrial action.

Of those balloted today, 95% chose to protest over long-standing departmental issues left unresolved, in some circumstances for years, according to a statement by Unite.

Issues concerning hospital domestics include claims that have been previously agreed but have not been implemented. Unite says a lack of clarity on Covid-19 shift patterns as well as vacancies remaining unfilled has led to low morale in the department.

Members among industrial staff feel their issues have not been resolved, leaving them feeling ignored and dejected.

In addition, Unite claims health and safety and operational matters affecting the day to day work of hospital attendants continue to have a negative impact on the department, and it says the Hospital's basement is so often overpopulated by stock it's an accident waiting to happen.

The Union states these departments have been at the forefront throughout the pandemic and have not wavered in their responsibility in ensuring the GHA continues to function.

Nevertheless, Unite says it remains committed to engaging with the Health Authority in finding a solution to the long standing matters affecting the departments but says, its members are justified in taking a stance on these issues.