Organisers Update – September 2016

Industrial Relations Update

The following excerpts from IMPACT reports contain information on current industrial relations matters in the sector that may be of interest to you.

Sleepovers/Rosters & related issues – Tusla Update:

IMPACT is engaged in discussions with the HSE, Tusla and the Voluntary Sector employers in relation to new rosters which must be compliant with the EWTD. These discussions are being conducted under the auspices of the WRC. Social Care work vocational group reps also attend these meetings.

IMPACT’s Health and Welfare Divisional Executive Committee – From the approved minutes of the 6th July meeting:


Lansdowne Road Agreement

National Secretary advised that Paschal Donoghue, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has confirmed the LRA will be honoured.  IMPACT needs to look at the agreement beyond 2017.

Section 39

There have been no further meetings since that last HWDEC.   Draft wording for Section 39/HSE Service Level Agreement to reflect the use of State industrial machinery in IR resolution.


Backdated payments all paid to the old minimum standard.   The increase in minimum wage is still outstanding.

The HSE business case for costing is in hand.  The next WRC conciliation is scheduled for 18th August 2016.


The National Secretary has prepared a claim for twilight hours in line with that granted to nurses to be submitted in conjunction with SIPTU.

Caring – at what cost? campaign update

The Caring – at what cost? pre-budget briefing for politicians and media took place on Wednesday, September 21st in the Royal College of Physicians. IMPACT activists called for pay restoration for community and voluntary sector workers in ‘section-39’ funded agencies, on a par with their public service counterparts in ‘section-38’ organisations.

Read (and watch) our report here. The briefing demonstrated that Community and Voluntary workers have been left behind as pay restoration begins to take hold in the economy. See details of some of the media coverage here.

For the latest newsletter regarding IMPACT’s “Caring- At What Cost” campaign for pay restoration please see here.

BVA Grants Information

Information on how to apply for the Boards and Voluntary Agencies Branch Grant scheme is now available on the BVA webpage.

Members of the Boards and Voluntary Agencies Branch can apply for grants under the following headings:

  • Education/Training
  • Culture
  • Charity
  • Community and Solidarity
  • Hardship
  • Other applications that are in line with the aims and principles of the union.

Applications can be made by branch members on behalf of a group/organisation. For each category, a maximum grant of €500 will be made available. For full details and to access an application form, please click HERE.