SIPTU campaign to defend local home help services

The SIPTU national campaign to defend Home Help services is convening a series of meetings in Co Leitrim this month.

The SIPTU national campaign to defend Home Help services is convening a series of meetings in Co Leitrim this month.

SIPTU Organiser, Annette Carpenter, said: “All HSE Home Helps in the Leitrim area are requested to attend one of the meetings. It cannot be emphasised enough how important it is for Home Helps to attend, so they can discuss the growing threat to local services.”

SIPTU and the HSE are currently in talks following a Labour Court recommendation in June that the parties should enter into ‘meaningful discussions’ on finalising an agreement concerning the issuing of contracts of employment to Home Helps. While these contracts will offer some protection to Home Helps, they will only provide a partial solution to the problems facing workers as they struggle to maintain the current high quality professional services they provide to clients, she noted.

“Year on year the number of Home Helps employed by the HSE is being reduced while there is a corresponding increase in the outsourcing of the provision of services to private ‘for-profit’ companies. The SIPTU Home Helps campaign is focused on defending services for the benefit of workers and their clients. The meetings mark the beginning of local campaigns to defend Home Help services,” said Ms Carpenter.

In Co Leitrim meetings will be held at the following locations:

• Bee Park Community Centre, Manorhamilton, at 3.30pm and 8pm on Thursday, 6th September.

• The Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, at 8pm on Wednesday, 12th September.