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15/02/2020 Comments are off Patrick Cole

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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