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Pay issues between MLSA, HSE: Irish labor court intervenes

Khalid Umar Malik
25 May 2022, 18 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Medical Laboratory Scientists Association, MLSA, called off the second day of strike action which had been scheduled for Wednesday.

This came on the heels of an invitation to exploratory talks at the Labour Court.

The MLSA said in a statement that the Labour Court intervened, inviting both parties to engage in talks, which began Wednesday. The invitation has been accepted by both the MLSA and the HSE/Department of Health.

According to healthcare estimates, approximately 2,800 planned procedures were canceled across the country on Tuesday due to the medical scientists' strike.

Furthermore, many of the 14,000 in-patients would not have had routine blood tests performed, and tests that would have allowed patients to be discharged from the hospital would not have been available.

The MLSA stated that it has "issued notice to all 2,100 members to suspend the further industrial action planned and resume work as normal across all hospital laboratories from Wednesday morning."

Medical scientists have gone on strike over long-standing pay and career advancement issues. Last week, they stopped work for one day.

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