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Yvette Kelly attended the Fórsa conference. Photo: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD

Yvette Kelly attended the Fórsa conference. Photo: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD

Yvette Kelly attended the Fórsa conference. Photo: Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD

Agencies caring for the elderly and disabled may be hit by strikes as more than 4,000 workers demand the same pay rises as public servants.

Fórsa official Eamonn Donnelly raised the prospect of industrial action by staff at so-called 'section 39' state-funded agencies.

Speaking at the union's first conference, he said they suffered the same pay cuts as public servants during the crash but are now being treated differently because they are not getting pay restored.

Mr Donnelly warned that the agencies with the biggest state funding would be targeted if there is a blanket refusal to pay up.

A list of the top 50 agencies includes elderly care agency Ability West, Cobh Community Hospital, day-care centres all over the country, Rehab, Enable Ireland, the Simon Community and St Francis Hospice in Dublin.

"If we have to maybe enter a phase of industrial action we will be targeting agencies we believe have a robust enough funding stream to be able to pay," he said.

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