Unions fight to save Wexford women’s refuge services

Thursday 15th August 2013

IMPACT and SIPTU have entered urgent discussions with management at Wexford women’s refuge in a bid to ensure that full services will resume from 1st December.

The board of the refuge has told the unions that emergency accommodation must be suspended for three months because of a financial deficit. However, its outreach service will remain in place.

Negotiations now underway aim to restructure the organisation so that a full service can resume from 1st December. The initiative arose from an emergency meeting between unions, management and the main funders of the service to discuss an unsustainable deficit, which threatens the continuation of the essential and valued service.

IMPACT official Shay Clinton said: “It’s shameful that this essential service is being reduced for three months. This decision puts service users at risk and could have terrible consequences for staff as well. We are now fighting to ensure that a full restructured service will resume on 1st December.”

Eddie Mullins of SIPTU said: ‘It is now our priority to engage in proactive discussions so that this vital service in the Wexford area can resume normal operations.’