Western Care

  • Health Minister Simon Harris has welcomed a decision by unions, to defer industrial action by Section 39 workers.

    It means a strike threatening key healthcare services on Tuesday has been called off.

    Section 39 workers include staff at Western Care, Ability West and Rehab. 

    The row is over workers' claims for full pay restoration, following paycuts during the economic crisis.


    The Forsa union has accepted an invitation to the Workplace Relations Commission, however it says it will continue to ballot members in five Section 39 employments, following the collapse of talks on pay restoration in August.

    The union's Health Executive last week approved a ballot for strike action to take place in Enable Ireland, Child Vision, Moorehaven Centre, Delta Services and Ability West.

    Fórsa official Ian McDonnell says they'll enter the WRC talks with an open mind to try and bring the issue of pay restoration for its members to a successful conclusion.

    However he says members should have the option to stand ready for industrial action if this process fails.

    Meanwhile, SIPTU has called off its strike action set for this Tuesday over the issue and it also accepted an invitation to the WRC talks.

  • Workers in Section 39 organisations – including Western Care, Ability West and Rehab – have deferred the strike action which was scheduled for this Wednesday, following an agreement facilitated by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), to begin a process that it is hoped will lead to the restoration of pay for thousands of health and social care workers.

    SIPTU has welcomed the news and said that, after months of intense campaigning, they have  secured a viable process for a structured and transparent pay restoration mechanism for thousands of Section 39 workers.

    The Health Minister Simon Harris has also welcomed the deferral of industrial action, and says he’s pleased that services will not be disrupted.

    The HSE will carry out an analysis, with an interim report expected by the end of March.

  • SIPTU staff in Section 39 organisations  - including Rehab Ireland, Western Care in Mayo and Ability West in Galway - are to go on strike on 18th September, after talks on their claims for pay restoration collapsed yesterday.

    The Fórsa trade union says it will also ballot its members in Section 39 organisations for industrial action, saying these community and voluntary sector workers suffered deep pay cuts during the recession.

    The strike planned by SIPTU for Tuesday 18th September will initially involve a one-day stoppage, however, the union says further strikes may be announced in the near future.

    SIPTU says a strike planned last February was deferred following an agreement between the parties that pay restoration would begin by the end of 2018, but this has not yet happened.

    Talks on the issue at the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday broke down yesterday without agreement.