Members of the Fórsa, INMO and SIPTU trade unions, employed in community and voluntary sector agencies funded by the state sector will begin indefinite strike action in a range of workplaces from Tuesday 17 October. The action, involving workers mainly in the health and social care sectors, is coordinated by the ICTU confederation and was overwhelmingly supported by members in ballots that took place following the breakdown of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission in July. The long-running dispute is over the failure by employers to address pay disparity between these workers and their counterparts employed directly by the state and the failure of the government to provide the funding to cover improved pay and conditions. The unions underline the serious problems of staff shortages across the sector and the urgent need to address the pay gap of around 10%.
Non-profit health and care workers plan all-out strike
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