Micheál Martin: Preventing a health worker strike is a ‘priority issue’

Tánaiste said that he believes the current industrial action can be resolved before proposed strike action later this month

The Tánaiste, Micheál Martin, said the government hoped to prevent strike action in the health sector. Picture: PA

Preventing a strike by Section 39 health workers is a “priority issue” for the government, according to the Tánaiste, Micheál Martin.

“We need a just and fair resolution that is sustainable into the future. I believe it can be resolved. This is a priority issue that needs to be resolved,” Martin said.

The Tánaiste made the comments in a response to a question from Louise O’Reilly, a Sinn Féin TD, during Leader’s Questions on Thursday. Strike action by workers in the sector is due to begin on October 17.