A 24 hour stoppage is now planned for next week by SIPTU members employed in the community sector and Section 39 organisations in county Galway.
It is part of wider campaign by workers in the sector seeking to secure their first pay rise in 14 years.
These workers are generally employed by private companies but their salaries are almost 100 percent funded by government
SIPTU members employed by The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) have announced a countrywide work stoppage for Tuesday next (5th July) as part of this long-running pay dispute.
The following day, Wednesday July 6th, community sector and section 39 organisation workers in county Galway will also down tools for a 24 hour stoppage on the same issues.
The organisations involved in county Galway include Galway Rural Development, Galway Rape Crisis, EmployAbility, the Oranmore CE Scheme and the Claregalway/Annaghdown CE Scheme
SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, says the industrial action is due to the failure of successive Governments to adequately fund the community sector and Section 39 organisations.
He believes that the Government can easily resolve this dispute. It must, he states, move to establish a collective bargaining forum for this sector which will allow these workers to negotiate fair pay and conditions rather than being forced to beg for justice.
Adrian has been telling Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley more about the industrial action now planned….