Date Released: 16 January 2014
SIPTU Vice-President, Patricia King, has said double standards within the Community and Voluntary (C&V) sector have been exposed with the retirement package of over €740,000 for the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Paul Kiely.
The revelation at the Public Accounts Committee that the massive lump sum and redundancy package had been provided to the former CEO is in stark contrast to the experience ofworkers, including very low paid employees, in the C&V Sector, she said.
Over eighty workers from a range of publicly funded C&V projects have been waiting up to three years for the State to honour twenty Labour Court and Rights Commissioner findings in relation to redundancy.
Patricia King said: “There appears to be a two tier community sector. One where ordinary workers are denied basic entitlements while those in positions of power enjoy premier league pay-outs. We are calling on the Government to honour the outstanding Labour Court recommendations and introduce a standard redundancy regime for the C&V sector to avoid such gross inequalities in the future.”