Date Released: 21 October 2013
SIPTU is holding information meetings for HSE Home Helps based in Donegal at 3.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 29th October in the Mount Errigal hotel, Letterkenny. The meetings will discuss the recent Labour Court recommendation concerning Home Helps’ contracts of employment which establishes a new minimum threshold of working hours and curtails the outsourcing of the service.
The ruling followed an intensive campaign of protest, lobbying and campaigning by SIPTU Home Help activists. There are over 500 HSE Home Help workers based in Donegal and the meeting is open to both members and non-members .
SIPTU Industrial Official, Declan Ferry, said: “Our members and supporters held meetings with local TD’s, Senators and councillors in Donegal. They also organised well attended protests last year to highlight cuts to the service and have kept the pressure up ever since.”
Home Help and local SIPTU Shop Steward Kathleen McGlynn from Finn Valley said: “This Labour Court recommendation will have implications for all Home Help workers. We will have new contracts, better security of hours, and the possibility of a better future for the service. It is up to us now to take this opportunity and I would encourage all of my colleagues throughout the county to attend this meeting.”
SIPTU Organiser, Declan Ferry 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.”