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Agreement on TUPE in St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services follows industrial action

Trade union members and the management of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on James Street, Dublin 8, have reached a Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) agreement on the transfer of household and catering services to other providers following a public campaign by union members. SIPTU represented over 100 members in the dispute.

SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry said: “SIPTU members in the household and catering services conducted a public demonstration outside the hospital on 7th February and voted in favour of strike action at the hospital, in opposition to the transfer of the services. Following the action, talks between union representatives and management were conducted under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission.

“Following lengthy negotiations in late February, agreement was reached on the transfer of household services to BidVest Noonan and catering services to Q Cafe. This agreement has been accepted by 78% of the SIPTU members who voted in the ballot of all those affected.

“The agreement has several clauses that are crucial to our members. These include the establishment of a new defined contribution pension scheme with the same contribution rates from the new employers as were paid by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Union recognition is protected with time allowed for shop stewards to perform their duties.

“There will also be a transfer payment for all affected staff as well as protection of their existing terms and conditions of employment and location of work.”

She added: “There can be no doubt that this agreement could not have been achieved were it not for the industrial campaign pursued by our members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. The agreement is more beneficial to members than would normally be achieved under a TUPE arrangement.”

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Coronavirus: Advice for SIPTU Health members

To prevent the spread of infection SIPTU members working in a healthcare setting should:

  • regularly wash your hands
  • cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing

Practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene is the best way you can protect against the spread of infection.

Watch a video on how staff working in healthcare can prevent the spread of infection

Suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus

Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are a healthcare professional caring for a patient with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.

This includes a:

  • surgical face mask;
  • face shield or googles
  • clean, non-sterile, disposable long-sleeved gown – if this is not available, wear a plastic apron and roll up sleeves
  • gloves

Follow advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) on infection prevention and control.

Airborne precautions are only needed if an aerosol-generating procedure is being performed on a patient with suspected or confirmed coronavirus.

Personal protective equipment

Watch a video on how to put on and take off personal protective equipment correctly in an acute hospital setting.

Watch a video on how to put on and take off personal protective equipment correctly in a non-acute health setting.

Guidance

Read guidance documents from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) on:

  • infection prevention and control guidance for coronavirus
  • advice for GPs on assessment and management of patients with suspected coronavirus infection

More information for health professionals is available through The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC)

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Sunday Video: Unfinished Business in CoAction Cork

Over 1,000 Section 39 workers took strike action on Friday 21st February in an effort to resolve a dispute over pay restoration.

It is the first of a number of strikes that will be rolled out on a phased basis over the coming weeks.

Watch this video and find out more from our members in Co-Action, Bantry, West Cork.

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SIPTU secures pay restoration agreement for hundreds of home care workers in Dublin 

SIPTU representatives have today (Thursday, 20th February) confirmed that up to 500 home helps working in community and disability services across Dublin city and county have reached an agreement to have their pay restored and have deferred strike action planned for tomorrow (Friday, 21st February).

It follows an agreement brokered by the Workplace Relations Commission to implement pay restoration in full for SIPTU members in Terenure Home Helps Services, Crumlin Home Care Services and Dublin West Home Care Services. St Marys Centre (Telford) nursing home in Dublin has formally confirmed its intention to implement pay restoration with immediate effect.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell said: “In response to our members determined struggle to secure the implementation of a national agreement for section 39 community and disability services, our members in Terenure Home Helps Services, Crumlin Home Care Services and Dublin West Home Care Services have today received formal confirmation from their employers that they will receive have their pay restored with immediate effect.”

“The decision to restore pay by employers and the Health Service Executive (HSE) has allowed for our members to stand down their planned strike action for tomorrow and instead focus on what they do best, caring for the most vulnerable their communities. While SIPTU Health Division is satisfied with the outcome we find it most regrettable and unnecessary that the employers and the HSE allowed this matter to go to the eleventh hour. This has caused a great degree of anxiety for our members and their clients.”

He added: “Unfortunately, the strike action planned in other Section 39 organisations throughout the country will go ahead tomorrow. Our members are determined to see this dispute through and win the pay justice they deserve.”

Hundreds of SIPTU members working in Section 39 organisations set to strike on Friday

SIPTU Public Sector representatives have today (Wednesday, 19th February) confirmed that members in selected Section 39 organisations across the country will take strike action on Friday (21st, February) in an effort to resolve a dispute over pay restoration.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The treatment of these vital community health workers, who work in areas such as home care, dementia and alzheimer services, is totally unacceptable. Strike action is the only option left open to our members to policy makers andthose who fund the services to sit up and take notice. SIPTU representatives have fought long and hard to win a pay restoration formula that could be applied across Section 39 organisations and the continued refusal of these organisations, aided and abetted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, to vindicate their rights will not be tolerated by our members.

“Our members in these organisations, all low paid workers, are falling further behind, having endured cuts in pay of approximately 6% and a reduction in their hours which has had a knock on effect on service users and their families. They now have been left with no option other than to take action on Friday.”

He said: “The number of members involved in this dispute nationally is roughly 6,000 and strikes will be rolled out on a phased basis, in every part of the country, over the coming weeks. The amount of money the Department requires to fairly resolve this dispute is no more than €7 million which is small change for the incoming Government but it would give our members a big break.”

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Eddie Mullins, said: “During this entire dispute our members demonstrated great compassion and responsibility by doing everything in their power to achieve a legitimate objective without affecting services to vulnerable clients and will continue to do so. Unfortunately, within the sector there is often a blatant disregard by employers who take advantage of thegood nature of staff and ignore accepted industrial relations procedures. Many workers in the sector were subject to pay cuts during the austerity years similar tothose imposed on their colleagues in the public sector.”

He added: “The outgoing government failed to recognise that they have a right to pay restoration and pension provision in line with the improvements secured in more recent years by public sector workers.”

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Valentine’s Day trade union rally calls for new government to address “unfinished business”

Health workers in the community and voluntary sector joined community employment (CE) supervisors on Friday 14th February in a rally calling on the next government to address outstanding issues of pay and pensions in their respective sectors.

The rally, organised under the auspices of the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (ICTU) Community Sector Committee behind a message for the new government: “Unfinished business: Don’t ignore community services.”

Workers in ‘Section 39’ agencies, under which community and voluntary sector organisations are funded to deliver care and other services by the HSE, will take industrial action next Friday (21st February), marking the latest phase of the unions’ campaign for pay justice in independent organisations that rely on State funding to deliver vital health and care services.

Community Employment (CE) supervisors took part in a 24-hour work stoppage on Friday 14th February in a continuing dispute over the Government’s failure to implement a 2008 Labour Court recommendation to give CE supervisors access to an occupational pension scheme.

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Sunday Read: “Unfinished business: Don’t ignore community services”

Valentine’s Day trade union rally has a message for the new government: “Unfinished business: Don’t ignore community services”

 SIPTU and Forsa will hold a lunchtime rally on Friday, 14th February (St Valentine’s Day) to deliver a message to the incoming government about unfinished business on pay and pension justice for workers in the community and voluntary sector.

Workers in Section 39 agencies, under which community and voluntary sector organisations are funded to deliver care and other services by the HSE, plan to take industrial action on Friday 21st February, marking the latest phase of the unions’ campaign for pay justice in independent organisations that rely on State funding to deliver vital health and care services.

Community Employment (CE) supervisors will be taking part in a 24-hour work stoppage next Friday (14th February) in a continuing dispute over the Government’s failure to implement a 2008 Labour Court recommendation to give CE supervisors access to an occupational pension scheme.

CE supervisors plan to escalate the action in February and March.

Representatives of both groups will rally at 12noon at the Customs House in Dublin and proceed to the offices of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) at Merrion Street.

Unions will rally behind a message for the new government: “Unfinished business: Don’t ignore community services.”

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SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services to strike on 14th February

SIPTU members in the catering and household departments of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on James Street, Dublin 8, will commence an strike, in a dispute concerning the outsourcing of services, at 7.00 a.m. on Friday, 14th February.

SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry, said: “The decision to conduct strike action by our members is in response to their employer’s decision to outsource the household and catering services of the organisation to other companies without consultation or agreement. Our members, in the household and catering departments, voted unanimously earlier this week for strike action.

“Their employer was formally notified today (Friday, 7th February) of the decision to commence this action on 14th February. Our members will operate pickets at the entrances to the facility from  7.00 a.m. on 14th February and carry out no further duties until management agrees to engage with their trade union representatives in order to achieve an agreed solution to this dispute.

“Our members have attempted to engage the employer in a conversation about alternatives to outsourcing which the employer has not considered. They regret that their strike action has become necessary. However, they are resolute in having the employer address their concerns.”

She added: “Our members are of the view that any outsourcing will have a detrimental impact on services in the hospital. It is extraordinary that a long established mental health provider would take such action that is causing such anguish among its staff.”

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SIPTU members in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services to hold public protest tomorrow

SIPTU members in catering and household departments of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on James Street, Dublin 8, will hold a public protest tomorrow (Friday, 7thFebruary) to highlight their vote for industrial action in a dispute concerning the outsourcing of services.

The lunchtime protest will take place between 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. outside the main entrance of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services on James Street.

SIPTU Organiser, Aideen Carberry, said: “SIPTU members in catering and household departments of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services voted unanimously for industrial action up to, and including strike action, in a ballot counted on Tuesday (4th February).

“The vote for industrial action is a result of the employer’s unilateral decision to outsource the two services to private companies. The dispute involves over one hundred employees. Our members feel betrayed by their employer. They have given loyal service to the company and the service users in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services over many years.”

She added: “The management of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services has made no attempt to engage with their employees or their union representatives concerning alternatives to the outsourcing of the services. Our members are of the view that this outsourcing will have a detrimental impact services in the hospital. It is extraordinary that a well-renowned mental health provider would take such action that is causing such anguish amongst its staff.”

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Unfinished Business: Section 39 Rally for Pay Justice

This Valentine’s Day, shop stewards and activists working in Section 39 organisations across Dublin and in surrounding counties are coming together to demand PAY JUSTICE for workers providing public health and care services in our communities.

SIPTU’s Section 39 campaign is a comprehensive approach to a complex challenge. It is not just about pay restoration. It is about respect, recognition and also about future pay movement.

Our demands

  • Full pay restoration for all Section 39 workers.
  • Recognition of the existence of our members’ pay relationship with the public sector.
  • A protocol for Section 39 organisations to claim funding from government for pay restoration.
  • Engagement with SIPTU on future pay movement in the public service as it relates to Section 39 organisations.

WE ARE ASKING YOU TO JOIN US. TO STAND TOGETHER, TO MARCH AND TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR BY THE GOVERNMENT PAYMASTERS. IT’S TIME SECTION 39 WORKERS FELT SOME LOVE.