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Sinn Féin endorses campaign to unionise home helps

9 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, has publicly endorsed the campaign to unionise home helps throughout the state. Speaking following a meeting with SIPTU, Mr. Doolan said, "The Invisible No More Campaign is aimed at unionising the home help industry in this state and we endorse it fully."

Mr. Doolan said:

"Following a very productive meeting with SIPTU officials we have given the campaign our full backing. Sinn Féin will actively support this campaign at both local and government level. It is a disgrace that up to 15,000 workers are still not unionised in this industry.

"The aim of the campaign is to ensure that everybody involved in the home help industry has the opportunity to join a union. In this way home helps can be ensured that their pay and conditions should reflect the skill, effort and commitment of their work. For far too long those involved in this work have been seen as volunteers or in fact in most cases they work was not recognised at all. This campaign aims to change that and with the proper cross party support it will succeed.

"The government, in particular Mary Harney to reverse the savage cuts in home help hours imposed on health boards following budgetary cuts. The home help service provided needs to be recognised, strengthened and supported not attacked by this government."ENDS

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