SIPTU representatives have today (Monday, July 11th) written to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Pascal Donohue, demanding immediate clarification of public sector pay policy for members working in Section 38 organisations.
SIPTU Health Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell said: “Our members were furious to learn through the media that senior managers in some Section 38 organisations are exempt from FEMPI while several thousand low paid workers in the organisations are pinned to their collar by this draconian piece of legislation.
“The majority of our members working in Section 38 organisations receive wages of between €25,000 and €35,000 for working unsocial hours in very tough working environments, made even tougher through the tightening of resources and the health staff recruitment pause. The revelation that senior managers get special treatment is another kick in the teeth for those workers who carried the health services through the emergency while those at the top were insulated from making a proportionate contribution to our nation’s economic recovery.
“St John of God is one of the organisations SIPTU is pursuing for breaching public service pay agreements with regard to the payment of overtime. Continuing staff shortages have led to an over reliance by management on our members’ to work additional hours. Due to the vulnerability of clients in their care they feel compelled to do these hours.
The refusal by management to hire an appropriate number of staff to cover these hours effectively means our members are forced to work unsocial hours and cover staff shortages without overtime rates being applied. All the while, senior managers in Section 38 organisations are receiving obscene top –up payments that are multiples of our members’ wages. It’s totally unacceptable.”