Fórsa’s Galway rally demands pay fairness for professionals delivering disability, homeless and other care services in the community and voluntary sector
Fórsa thas said the union’s Fund Us Fairly, Pay Us Right rally, taking place in Galway next week (Saturday 27th August) is calling for pay fairness for social care professionals who deliver disability, homeless and other care services in the community and voluntary sector.
The protest rally has been organised to highlight pay inequality, recruitment difficulties and growing waiting lists in the community and voluntary sector, where thousands of care professionals are employed in organisations funded by the HSE and other state agencies to deliver specialist care services.
Fórsa organiser Helen Cousins is based in Galway and has previously worked in the community and voluntary sector. She explained that most of the funded organisations are struggling to recruit and retain care staff, as wages and conditions in the HSE, other state services and the private sector are more attractive to workers.
Recruitment and retention is a challenge because wages and conditions in the HSE, other state services and the private sector are more attractive to workers.
She said: “The rally will be a family-friendly event, designed to boost awareness that services in health, disability and homeless services in Galway are under severe pressure because workers can’t get a fair deal because their employers don’t receive adequate funding from the state.
“We have lots of members in the same professional roles in different employments, delivering the same services, who are on different rates of pay. This is because those agencies funded by the HSE cannot deliver any pay improvements.
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“As a result, staff are moving on to where they can earn a better wage. These are degree qualified professionals, who are constantly upskilling.
The HSE relies on these organisations to deliver these services but they can’t attract professional talent because the funding provided is inadequate, leading to growing waiting lists for services.
“The effect of all this, in disability services for example, where the HSE relies on community and voluntary organisations to deliver these services, is that they can’t attract professional talent because the funding provided is inadequate. This leads to growing waiting lists for services,” she said.
Helen said a “level playing field” of pay and conditions, bringing community and voluntary sector pay in line with other sectors, is necessary in order to sustain homeless, disability and other services: “We’re aware that most of these community and voluntary organisations are also advocating for improved funding to enable them to improve pay and conditions for their staff.
Fórsa’s Galway protest rally takes place on Saturday 27th August to highlight pay inequality, recruitment difficulties and growing waiting lists in the community and voluntary sector.
This family-friendly event will commence at the Millennium Park (beside Galway Cathedral) at 1pm.
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