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10/05/2019 Comments are off Patrick Cole

HSE to direct Section 39 organisations to restore pay for thousands of SIPTU members

SIPTU representatives have today (Friday 10th May) confirmed that following talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that a process for restoring the pay of thousands of Section 39 workers will commence in the coming weeks.

SIPTU Health Divisional Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “Within the next ten days the Health Service Executive will direct each Section 39 organisation, that co-operated with the WRC process, and found on an initial list of 50 workplaces identified following the union’s campaign for pay justice for Section 39 workers, to commence the urgent implementation of pay restoration.”

This formal directive will be copied to the recognised unions representing Section 39 workers. It will be accompanied with the provision of funding determined by the HSE for each Section 39 organisation on the basis of data and information provided. The payment centres on an initial payment of €1000 and the effective date of payment remains 30th April 2019.”

He added: “Negotiations on the application of the WRC agreement on pay restoration for the remaining 250 Section 39 organisations will commence on Friday 19th July, 2019.”

Additionally, submissions made to the HSE by a number of community home care organisation which co-operated with the process will also be the focus of an engagement with the HSE next Wednesday. This engagement will focus on technical matters regarding pay restoration for workers in that sector.

A small number of Section 39 and Community Home Help organisations, which failed to submit a funding application to the HSE will be addressed separately with management.

Meetings will also be convened for members working in Section 39 organisations providing home care services from 15th May.

Members can received updates by emailing ask@siptuhealth.ie or by downloading the SIPTU Health App.

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