Increments recommended for care centre staff

Tuesday 19th February 2013

IMPACT members in Saint Aidan’s care centre  in Gorey, County Wexford, have welcomed a Labour Court decision that recommended the payment of increments aligned with equivalent HSE grades.

Management had claimed inability to pay increments due since June 2010 because of cuts in funding. Unions representing 130 staff at the centre sought the payment of wages due and the reinstatement of all increments due in the coming years.

IMPACT official Shay Clinton said the staff had already contributed to making significant savings within the centre. “The fact that some staff were due increments and were not being paid was unacceptable,” he said.

The Court said it had considerable sympathy for the centre “which finds itself in a wholly unsatisfactory situation not of its own making. It does not have any control over its level of funding nor does it have de facto control over pay levels of its staff.” But it had “no option but to acknowledge the entitlement of the staff concerned to increments and to recommend concession of the unions’ claim.”