Section 39 workers explain why they will go on strike on Valentine’s Day.
There 13,000 Section 39 employees in Ireland. They are not public servants, but their employers are grant-aided by the HSE.
SIPTU says these workers should be included in a recent deal on sleep-over allowances secured with the HSE.
Paddy Cole, at SIPTU writes:
“The Government now has a two-week window to bring the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to the table and face up to its responsibilities to Section 39 workers, their patients and their families.”
Richard Smith (above centre) on holiday from USA walks past train drivers and rail workers as they begin a 24-hour strike, the first of five that will shut down Dart, commuter, and Intercity rail services in the run up to Christmas.
Heuston Station, Dublin
From left: Greg Ennis of SIPTU and General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) Dermot O’Leary join the picket
The Iarnród Éireann Trade Union Group have written to the Group Secretary of CIE saying it is “long since passed time that leadership was provided” to end the dispute.
SIPTU activists , including Dr Kieran Jack McGinley (pic 2) launch a campaign entitled ‘Towards a World Class Education Sector’ focused on ending precarious work practices in the Third Level Education Sector through “increasing funding, fully implementing the recommendations of the Cush Report on employment practices for lecturers and conducting a similar report on the conditions of non-academic staff”.
A piper leads a SIPTU Dublin District Council-organised march – involving people dressed up in Irish Citizen Army uniforms – from Liberty Hall to Marino College of Further Education on North Strand Road, where a plaque dedicated to those who served with the ICA, between 1913 and 1923, was unveiled outside the college.
A specific number of 21,633 direct jobs have been created in the accommodation and food services sector since the VAT reduction in July 2011 apparently.
But some people still aren’t happy.
John King of SIPTU writes:
SIPTU has called on the Government to commit to removing the preferential VAT rate currently enjoyed by the profitable hotel and restaurant sector that includes many businesses that are exploiting low paid workers.
According to new figures released this week the hospitality sector is booming. A new independent survey by accountancy firm Crowe Horwath indicates that the average profit on each hotel room in Ireland grew from €7,347 in 2013 to €9,201 in 2014. The Government introduced a 9% VAT rate for this sector in 2011. This has enabled increased profits.
This situation needs to be tackled now, otherwise the Government’s entire strategy on protecting low paid workers is in real danger of being undermined