Post-crisis pay refund demanded by 5,000 workers
Over 5,000 workers claim they are being left behind - as employees in the public and private sector get refunds of pay cuts suffered during the crisis.
Community and voluntary sector workers, who are member of Impact, reminded the Government that it made a commitment to boost funding in the sector.
It said it needs to deliver on this in next month's Budget.
Members of the union, who work in addiction services, and providing services to older people and those with disabilities, hosted a pre-Budget briefing in Dublin yesterday.
Michelle Grehan, who works at the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, said cuts meant some of her colleagues were struggling to pay for healthcare because their mortgage payments were the priority.
"We have faced pay cuts, increment freezes and huge demands working on the front line of homeless services," said Annemarie Shalloo, of the Galway Simon Community.
"After six years without our situation improving, I don't at all feel valued as a social care worker."
In a report 'Caring - At What Cost?' the union recommends that staff in section 39 funded organisations should progress onto pay scales comparable with their public service counterparts in 'section 38' organisations.
Impact national secretary Eamonn Donnelly said short-time working, pay cuts and unpaid overtime were some of measures used to cut costs. "They are, by their very nature, people who go the extra mile to ensure the job is done, " he said.