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09/02/2020 Comments are off Patrick Cole

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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