Thursday 24 August 2017

Siptu members give full support for women’s national team

Republic of Ireland Women's National team
Republic of Ireland Women's National team

Ellie Donnelly

Siptu members employed by the FAI have given their full support to the call by members of the women’s national football team for management to engage with their representatives concerning a range of issues which are adversely affecting their performance.

“Siptu members who are directly employed by the FAI stated that they wished to make a public statement outlining their full support for the stance taken by members of the women’s national football team," Siptu Organiser, Denis Hynes, said.

“They fully back the players in their call for improved conditions and for the FAI to engage with their representative organisation, the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI)," he added.

Mr Hynes said that staff directly employed by the FAI have their own continuing problems with the FAI regarding the restoration of their pay and conditions of employment.

“In some cases, employees are still enduring a 12pc reduction in salary, which was implemented on what was meant to be a temporary basis in 2012."

Siptu represents staff employed as development officers, as coaches and in the administration of the FAI.

The Irish women’s football team are threatening to pull out of their next match against Slovakia after claiming that they are being treated as “the dirt off the FAI’s shoes.”The FAI has agreed to meet with the PFAI to discuss the teams concerns.

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