Siptu members to strike over bid to privatise local employment services

Siptu members to strike over bid to privatise local employment services

SIPTU members, working in local employment services protesting earlier this month outside the Department of Social Protection to highlight their opposition to plans to privatise the community services.

SIPTU members nationwide working in local employment services (LES) and job clubs have announced a series of strike actions in various locations including Cork.

More than 50 employments have been identified across the country which will be balloted over the month of August as part of a campaign to halt the privatisation of LES.

The intention is for pickets to be placed at employment locations including Cork City Partnership Ltd and West Cork Development Partnership on September 6 and protests will take place outside the constituency offices of the TDs of the Government parties.

Siptu public administration and community division organiser Adrian Kane said that National Siptu LES and job clubs committees met today to agree on the next steps in the campaign.

“It was agreed that nationwide industrial action will commence on Monday, September 6, followed by another one-day stoppage on Monday, September 13,” he said.

Mr Kane said that members have received huge support from the public and from the people who use the services.

“Our members will continue to escalate their actions unless Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, stops this proposed destruction of the employment schemes.

“An online petition has also been launched by Siptu members calling on the minister to halt the tendering process and to establish a stakeholder forum to discuss alternatives,” he said.

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