SOME 10,000 home helps who are employed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) have won their fight to improve the terms and conditions of employment.
A Labour Court recommendation means that home helps will have a minimum seven to ten hours work a week, according to SIPTU.
Up to now many were on zero hour contracts, according to SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell.
He added :”This Labour Court recommendation is the result of a concerted campaign by SIPTU members in the hime helps service since 2009 to secure adequate contracts, the maintenance of working hours and security of earnings.”
“We have also secured commitments for the reversal of the overspend on private sector providers, which will benefit the service and also allow for a greater investment in public services in the community while, at the same time, generating value for mone,” he added.
He also welcomed the HSE effort to re-organise and manage in a robust manner the Home Help service on a county by county basis.
“This will ensure accountability from those who manage the service and will also allow for compensation for those employee’s preferring to exit the service at this time,” he said.The Labour Court recommendation is binding under the terms of Haddington Road (Public Service) Agreement.