IMPACT Report Launched
Caring – at what cost? – Rebuilding and refinancing the community and voluntary sector’ is a new report launched by IMPACT seeking pay restoration for workers in Section 39 funded agencies. The report says that state funding for Section 39 funded agencies needs to be restored to ensure the sustainability of care services to the most vulnerable people in our society.
The union also said that the terms and conditions of staff in Section 39 agencies should be moved onto terms comparable with their public service counterparts.
IMPACT intend to initiate a campaign around the content of this report. The content of this campaign will be considered at the next meeting of the Health and Welfare Divisional Executive in November. Tony Mitchell, Chair of the Dublin Care Services Branch, sits on the Divisional executive Committee and will be part of that decision-making process.
The report makes a number of recommendations, including:
- Levels of funding for organisations currently funded under Section 39 should be gradually restored to ensure sustainable delivery of services and to retain staff. Organisations cannot to continue to ‘do more with less’ without this having a negative effect on service delivery;
- Staff in Section 39 funded organisations should progress onto scales comparable with their public service and Section 38 counterparts.
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