Date Released: 19 May 2016
SIPTU officially opened its new Workers Rights Welcome Centre, which is open to members of the public who wish to ‘drop in’ for information and advice on workplace issues, today (Thursday, 19th May) in Liberty Hall, Dublin.
At the opening, SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, said: “It is significant that SIPTU is setting up this Welcome Centre in the heart of Dublin city. I am confident that this Centre will be a one stop shop for workers both young and old for those who are lucky enough to be in unions and those whose opportunities for becoming organised are made difficult by exploitative employers.”
Head of the SIPTU Workers Rights Centre (WRC), Tom O’Driscoll, said: “Our staff are committed to providing up to date free, confidential and accurate information on workplace issues to members of the public who drop in off the street. Representation will be further offered to those who wish to avail of the expertise and knowledge currently available to SIPTU members.
“The SIPTU WRC was established in 2010. Since then WRC Advocates and Information Assistants have provided advice and representation to thousands of SIPTU members. During this period, the WRC has saved the jobs of many SIPTU members or satisfactorily addressed their grievances. The WRC is also the single biggest user of the State’s employment rights bodies recovering close to €20 million in compensation for workers.
“The opening of the Workers Right Welcome Centre means the public, as well as SIPTU members, will be able to avail of expert advice from the WRC staff. The new centre is a perfect complement to the WRC website and dedicated helpline number of 1890 747 881. It allows those workers who are suffering unfair treatment at work and who would prefer face to face advice in a confidential and empathetic setting, to drop in to the centre."
The SIPTU Workers Rights Welcome Centre in located in the lobby of Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay, Dublin 1. The Centre is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. SIPTU plans to open other Workers Rights Welcome Centres in union offices across the country.