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SIPTU members suspend industrial action in Galway social care work dispute

SIPTU members working as social care workers and social care leaders in the Brothers of Charity and Ability West services, county Galway, have suspended a campaign of industrial action which began earlier this month.

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The industrial action has been suspended until a ballot on a proposal from the employer is completed. The union has received confirmation from the HSE that the Department of Health has allocated funds to cover the monies owed to these workers as compensation for their employers failure to honour so-called ‘twilight payment’ rates.

“The level of compensation to be made available to the workers will be in line with a Labour Relations Commission (LRC) proposal on this matter.

“The Department of Health has also made funds available to cover the liabilities for Brothers of Charity social care workers, care assistants and leaders employed in Roscommon, Cork, Limerick, Clare and Waterford where premium pay arrears are also outstanding.”

He added: “During October, SIPTU members will attend information meetings to discuss the employer’s proposal.

Following these meetings, members will have the opportunity to vote in a secret ballot to accept or reject the offer.

“The workers involved in this dispute are committed staff providing a vital service to people with intellectual disabilities.

They felt they had been left with no option but to undertake industrial action due to their employer’s failure to honour a LRC proposal on compensation.

This dispute has been difficult for the workers. It has also been difficult and stressful for the families of service users and clients.

However, SIPTU members ensured that their vulnerable clients were not adversely affected during the industrial action.”

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