Friday 20 September 2019

St. Aidan's day care workers stage strike over pay increments

St Aidan's Services in Gorey.
St Aidan's Services in Gorey.

By Fintan Lambe

Staff at St Aidan’s Day Care Centre in Gorey staged a 24-hour work stoppage on Wednesday in protest at the continued non-payment of salary increments.

Four separate 24-hour work stoppages are planned over the next month.

However, both sides were expected to take up an invitation to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission on Thursday in an effort to resolve the dispute,

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA), IMPACT and SIPTU staged the action forcing a closure of day services at Millands and Camolin. However, residential services provided by St Aidan’s were not subject to the strike action.

In January 2013, the Labour Court stated that the staff had an entitlement to increments, but these have not been paid.

Funding for staff wages is provided to St Aidan’s Services by the HSE.

The Board of St Aidan’s has in the past laid the blame for the problem with the HSE, saying that its decision to cut pay scale increments to voluntary community agencies such as St Aidan’s is ‘unfair and discriminatory’ and it is committed to paying staff increments when funding is made available.

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