Dáil Éireann - Volume 639 - 10 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Ambulance Service.

Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children when payments due to members of the ambulance corps in the Health Service Executive area west will be awarded; the numbers involved and extent of payment following acceptance of a Labour Court recommendation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23099/07]

  Deputy Mary Harney: Sanction for payment of pay increases due under the final phase of the previous Social Partnership Agreement, Sustaining Progress, and the first and second phase of the current Social Partnership Agreement, Towards 2016, was refused in relation to ambulance personnel, HSE West, members of SIPTU, due to their non-co-operation with a move to a new combined ambulance and fire control centre — [696] Camp West (Computer Aided Mobile Project) in the HSE West.

Work is ongoing on resolving this situation. The National Joint Council, identified in these National Agreements as the primary forum for managing industrial relations in the health services, has been made aware of this situation and it is hoped that a solution will soon be found.