A first wave of strike action across the care and community sector has involved hundreds of workers joining picket lines and protests calling for pay rises that they have been denied for 14 years. The SIPTU union, along with public services union Fórsa and the INMO nursing union, are calling on the government to agree increased funding for the sector to cover pay increases. The unions argue that the pay rises are needed to keep workers in line with the public sector, aid recruitment to tackle staff shortages and so address the threat to the quantity and quality of services provided. The three unions, with the support of the ICTU confederation, are united in their Valuing Community campaign and will move to widen and intensify industrial action later this summer and into the Autumn.
Unions to step up industrial action in community and care sectors
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