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Tánaiste refuses to commit to pay restoration for workers in Section 39 agencies – Adams

17 January, 2018 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his disappointment with the refusal of Tánaiste Simon Coveney to commit to pay restoration for workers in Section 39 agencies.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, Teachta Adams called on the government to engage with unions and to agree a process of pay restoration for the sake of the workers involved and the vulnerable citizens they serve.

The Louth TD said;

“I am disappointed that the Tánaiste has refused to commit to a process that will lead to pay restoration for workers in Section 39 agencies.

“These workers help to provide a range of vital care for citizens living with disabilities, in need of hospice care, rehabilitation services and a whole range of health services.

 “The pay and increments of these workers was reduced by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael cuts.

“Frontline staff had their pay cut in line with public service workers. They also lost their increments.

“The restoration of their pay is now being refused. This is absolutely unfair.

“It was presented as being in line with their public service equivalence as a direct consequence of a historical pay link.

“This reduction in pay was formally directed by the HSE and enforced through a reduction in the block grant to Section 39 agencies.

“The Labour court has acknowledged the link between grades in the public service and Section 39 agencies.

“The Tánaiste should reflect on his response and the government should sit down with the Unions representing these workers to agree a positive and fair resolution.

“This is what must happen in order to avert industrial action from proceeding on February 14th and to avoid disruption to the vital services upon which many vulnerable citizens depend.” 

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