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Stanley Supports Community Development Workers

18 February, 2015 - by Brian Stanley TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment and Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has called on the Minister for the Environment to engage with Local Community Development workers as recommended by the Labour Court.  He was speaking at a protest organised by SIPTU at the Custom House this afternoon.

Deputy Stanley said:

 “There is widespread concern among the 2000 workers in Local Development Companies regarding their future under the new Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme that is to take over the companies next month.”

“Community development workers have a number of concerns including the fact that the Department of Environment is refusing to meaningfully engage with workers and their union, despite the Labour Court recommending that they do so.” 

“They are also worried that the proposed tendering process will lead to competition based on lowering wages and conditions, and that this is not an appropriate model for a sector that is based on cooperation and inclusivity.”

“Those currently employed face an uncertain future, not knowing if they will have a job. There are also issues regarding redundancies and possible pay cuts, and the belief that the new arrangement will lead to the privatisation of the Community Programmes.” 

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