Unions take industrial action in private social care


Nursing and care unions Tehy and SuPer, along with ERTO, are running a campaign of industrial action to put pressure on private sector employers in the social care sector to deliver an improved pay offer. The unions have imposed bans on overtime and shift changes as well as organising strike action with a key aim to reduce the gap between private and public sector pay levels. Tehy and SuPer say that workers in elderly, child and disability care are on pay levels €150-€400 a month less than their public sector counterparts. They say that in the current negotiations the employers’ pay offer fails to meet an existing commitment to close the gap. Meanwhile, the JHL trade union is organising industrial action among personal assistants who provide services to the disabled. The union says that pay and conditions for the 20000 workers falls well below the average for the health and social care sectors.

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