Healthcare workers set to protest in Dublin

Healthcare workers in the community sector are to protest today for better pay and conditions.

SIPTU, Forsa and the INMO have organised the march in Dublin to highlight the need for better pay and respect for the staff who work in organisations like the Rehab group, Pieta House, Local Employment Services and the Irish Wheelchair Association among others.

The trade unions say that Section 39 and Community Healthcare Workers are poorly paid, have poor or no pensions and lack security of employment.

Division Organiser with SIPTU Adrian Kane says the government is not engaging with them.

“A major march is taking place today. We would have served claims across the entire sector in November of last year looking for the same pay terms that pertained to the public sector pay agreement.

“Since then we’ve had one meeting with government in Novemeber, and we haven’t had any further engagement since then.

“It’s because of that we’re taking to the streets today.”


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