'We all feel let down, ignored and invisible'
Published 02/04/2015 | 02:30
Marion Staunton is a full-time social care worker with the Brothers of Charity in Galway city.
She cares for five service users in a residential house, with the needs ranging from moderate to high dependency.
She is owed €18,000 in unpaid wages.
"We work long hours and it's challenging work but we always try and give our best to the service users.
"We've had three pay cuts in the last few years which we've had to accept and yet they are still refusing to pay us wages which were brought in 2004. People are at the end of their tether," she said.
The mother-of-three said the refusal to pay workers the owed money was a huge loss.
"I have three children and I was putting one through college in the middle of all this. It's very difficult. We just feel let down, ignored and invisible," she added.
Aine Patten is a part-time social care worker with Ability West in Gort, Co Galway. The mother-of-three is owed almost €9,000 in back wages.
"We feel as if they are trying to use our good will in the role we are in to ensure we won't strike. It's very deflating and we're pretty annoyed about it. How much more are we expected to take?," she said.
"This pay was awarded 10 years ago but the HSE just never paid it. We just feel like we are being ignored. It is always the frontline staff who are being hit."