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Ireland’s largest trade union in support of overseas healthcare-home care workers

Dublin: SIPTU, Ireland’s largest trade union, has come out in support of the thousands of healthcare assistants and home care workers who have arrived in the country.

SIPTU will support healthcare and home care workers to formulate strategies for family reunification and struggle against exploitation. Dara O’Connor, national strategic plan organiser and campaign head of SIPTU, which has over 200,000 members, stated that strategies will be discussed and implemented in the coming days.

Dara O’Connor was speaking at an online meeting organised by Overseas Health and Home care’s in Ireland, a group of healthcare workers from India.

Health care workers from all counties in the country attended the initial meeting, which was organised in collaboration with Irish Malayali News; approximately 800 people were members of the group. Discussions about family reunification and the campaign to extend the QQI 5-level course to those with high educational qualifications were mainly addressed.

NMBI board of directors member Shalbin Joseph, who led the legendary policy change campaign to change the general work permit to a critical skill permit for nurses, opened the meeting. – Shalbin Joseph said that supporting the fight for home care workers is welcome.

The meeting was addressed by SIPTU Health Sector Organiser Pat Flannery, Health Division Communications Aideen Carberry, and Irish Malayali Editor Reggie C. Jacobs (Department of Justice).

The core committee members, Libin Baby Thetayil, welcomed and Preethi Krishnakumar thanked everyone.

The organisers stated that they will begin the process of consolidating activities to launch the campaign by holding discussions at the unit level and submitting it to the government as soon as possible.

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