Elderly care agen­cies fac­ing new strike threat

Irish Independent - - News -

AGEN­CIES car­ing for the elderly and dis­abled may be hit by strikes as more than 4,000 work­ers de­mand the same pay rises as pub­lic ser­vants.

Fórsa of­fi­cial Ea­monn Don­nelly raised the prospect of in­dus­trial ac­tion by staff at so-called ‘sec­tion 39’ state-funded agen­cies.

Speak­ing at the union’s first con­fer­ence, he said they suf­fered the same pay cuts as pub­lic ser­vants dur­ing the crash but are now be­ing treated dif­fer­ently be­cause they are not get­ting pay re­stored.

Mr Don­nelly warned that the agen­cies with the big­gest state fund­ing would be tar­geted if there is a blan­ket re­fusal to pay up.

A list of the top 50 agen­cies in­cludes elderly care agency Abil­ity West, Cobh Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal, day-care cen­tres all over the coun­try, Re­hab, En­able Ire­land, the Si­mon Com­mu­nity and St Fran­cis Hos­pice in Dublin.

“If we have to maybe en­ter a phase of in­dus­trial ac­tion we will be tar­get­ing agen­cies we be­lieve have a ro­bust enough fund­ing stream to be able to pay,” he said.

Yvette Kelly at the Forsa con­fer­ence

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