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Irish Health and Community Workers Announce ‘Indefinite’ Strike”

Dublin: Approximately 5,000 healthcare and community workers operating within community and voluntary sector organisations are set to initiate an ‘indefinite’ strike commencing on October 17.

This strike action is being carried out by employees within Section 39 organisations, which receive funding from the Health Service Executive (HSE) and other state agencies.

The strike forms a crucial component of the ‘Pay Equality to Save Services’ initiative, a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, FORSA, and SIPTU.

These organisations have highlighted the sector’s significant staffing challenges, emphasising the urgent need for increased funding to rectify discrepancies in pay levels for workers holding the same grade within the healthcare sector. Union representatives contend that the persistent absence of salary adjustments and insufficient recruitment efforts have further compounded the sector’s ongoing crisis.

The workers of the following establishments have announced an indefinite strike as of October 17:

Ardeen Cheshire Ireland
Ability West
Cheshire Ireland
Cheshire Dublin
Cheshire Home Newcastle West
Co-Action West Cork
Cobb Hospital
Charity Child and Family Service
DePaul Ireland
Don Bosco Care
Enable Ireland (nationwide including Cork, Tralee, East Coast and Midwest regions)
Family Resource Centers
Irish Wheelchair Association
Kerry Parents and Friends
St. Joseph’s Foundation
St. Luke’s Nursing Home
Trinity Community Care CLG
Western Care Association

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