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Saturday 3 December 2016

Siptu to ballot community service workers on strike action

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 11/11/2016 | 12:54

Siptu president Jack O'Connor. Picture: Tom Burke
Siptu president Jack O'Connor. Picture: Tom Burke

Some 10,000 workers providing community services including childcare and meals on wheels are threatening to take industrial action.

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Siptu this morning warned that it will ballot its members in the sector unless the Government sets up a forum to address their pay grievances.

Representatives of the workers said the establishment of a High Level Forum for the Community Sector was agreed at talks on the Lansdowne Road Agreement in May last year.

However, they said the forum is "still not working" and its Chairperson Oonagh Buckley had not been replaced since she took over from Kieran Mulvey as Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission.

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