Successful AGM Held
The Dublin Care Services Branch held a successful Annual General Meeting on Monday the 22nd of February.
Please click HERE to access the 2015-16 Branch Annual Report.
The Report contains contributions from your Branch Chair Tony Mitchell, Geraldine Neill as Secretary and Erica Tully as Treasurer, as well as the Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Training officers. IMPACT General Secretary, Shay Cody has a message for members and the Branch Official and Branch Organiser also report back.
The Report by IMPACT’s new National Secretary for Health and Welfare, Eamonn Donnelly (on pages 13-17), includes updates on a range of industrial relations matters. It begins with a broad overview and expands into detail about issues affecting members like sleepovers, the job evaluation scheme, TUSLA and twilight payments.
Eamonn Donnelly is well versed on the issues that affect our members at workplace level and feels he is ‘taking over the job at an interesting time’. On the night of the AGM, as Guest Speaker, he discussed current economic trends and their impact on the union’s strength to negotiate on behalf of our members ‘as we begin to see the signs of recovery’. Eamonn highlighted the ‘Caring – at what cost?’ campaign and emphasised the need for section 39 funded agencies and the voluntary sector in general to be ‘funded properly and in a sustainable way’.
The issue of sleepovers was raised and Eamonn gave an update on the current situation. Although there has been real progress on this issue, there is now the residual problem of covering rosters. Eamonn went on to emphasise that the ‘real solution is to resource it properly’.
The importance of the Branch Executive Committee and workplace representatives was highlighted in terms of staying in touch with members on the ground. ‘When you’re a union rep it is rewarding, but it is done on a voluntary basis and their hard work is vital to our union. They deserve to be acknowledged’, Eamonn added.
The AGM saw the election of members to the Branch Executive Committee for the coming year and it was agreed that delegates to IMPACT’s National Conference 2016 will be drawn from active members of the Branch Executive Committee. We are always looking for new activists, so if you are interested in getting more involved in the union in your workplace, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several Conference motions were tabled. Their subject matter led to interesting debate on the night around retirement age, issues around the restoration of pay and working hours, the proposed amalgamation of IMPACT with other Civil Services unions, the commissioning of services and potential alterations to the title of the Dublin Care Services branch.
Many thanks go out to all those who helped organise and prepare for the AGM and also to those who attended and contributed on the night.