Deadline day on HSE West talks

Unions will attempt to minimise health service job losses at key talks today after management outlined plans for 300 full-time job cuts.

Today is the deadline for negotiations at the Labour Relations Commission that continued at local level up to yesterday, as the Health Service Executive West tries to avoid a €90m budget overrun.

The health employer told unions at talks over the past few weeks that it wants to axe 300 'whole-time equivalents' or achieve equal savings.

SIPTU's Northwest spokesperson Martin O'Rourke says that cost cutting alone will not be enough to address the budget over run:

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/martin.mp3[/podcast]