Organisers update – September 2016
Ian McDonnell the Industrial Official for the Dublin Care Services has the following update.
Two meetings of the National Sleepover implementation body took place during July and August. Branch Chair Tony Mitchell and I have ensured that at least one of us has been in attendance.
The principles around volunteers coming forward to assist in sleepovers are agreed by way of opt in/out policy and a policy that deals with emergency opt out situations.
At the Sleepover meeting with the HSE on 5th September they committed to identifying and sharing information funding for sleepovers. This will assist in dealing with any organisations that are lagging in forwarding payments to members.
Work Place Relations Conciliations
Workplace Relations Commission conciliation conferences will take place on 27th September and 4th October. 27th September will cover the ongoing difficulties with the reduction of full-time staff equivalent hours and the knock on effects upon rosters at St Raphael’s Celbridge. 4th October will address the extension of payment of overtime at a number of locations at St Michaels House.
Entry for the 44 members of the former IPT pension scheme is secured. However accrued benefits within the IPT scheme for active and deferred members needs to be addressed. The ballot for Industrial Action was endorsed by the HWDEC if required. Industrial Action was suspended to allow for talks at the WRC and proposals have emerged from the WRC for the consideration of both sides.
I have been informed that there are issues emerging at SJOG Hospital around rosters and I will be arranging to meeting with members to address same.
The following excerpts from IMPACT reports also 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:
PUBLIC SERVICE AGREEMENT/NATIONAL SECRETARY REPORT
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.
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 of the event here.
For the latest newsletter regarding IMPACT’s “Caring- At What Cost” campaign for pay restoration in the community and voluntary sector please see here.