Date Released: 14 October 2013
SIPTU is holding information meetings for HSE Home Helps based in Galway on Wednesday, 23rd October in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit and Thursday, 24th October, in the Loughrea Hotel and Spa, Loughrea, both meetings commencing at 7.30pm.
The meetings will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning Home Helps’ contracts of employment which establish a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtail the outsourcing of the service.
The ruling followed an intensive campaign of protest, lobbying and campaigning by SIPTU Home Help activists. There are over 600 HSE Home Help workers based in Galway and the meeting is open to both members and non-members of SIPTU.
SIPTU Organiser, Mark Lohan, said: “Our members and supporters held meetings with local TD’s and Senators in Galway and also organised well attended protests last year to highlight cuts to the service. They have kept the pressure up ever since. “
Home Help and SIPTU Shop Steward Bernie Cormican from Ballinasloe said: “We provide a valuable service to the community, taking care of clients in their own home, where they want to be and it’s great that the Labour Court has recognised that value. This ruling gives us a platform to build better security for our clients and Home Help workers”
Mark Lohan added: “This Labour Court recommendation finally puts Home Help workers on an equal footing with all other HSE employees. Now we need to ensure delivery of the gains achieved, and that is why it is so important that as many Home Helps as possible come along to these meetings.”