Up to 600 Fórsa and SIPTU trade union members at Western Care in Mayo are taking strike action today on the second day of a series of three consecutive one-day strike actions nationally in care agencies in the community and voluntary sector.

Western Care provides services and supports to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

The strike action today include pickets at Western Care premises in Castlebar and Ballina.

It aims to achieve improved terms and conditions of employment for health and social care professionals and other staff employed in agencies funded by the HSE and other State bodies, where staff are employed on lower pay and lesser conditions than equivalent grades in the HSE and other agencies.

David Tuohy a member of Forsa is the principle Social Worker with Western Care in the county and he has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O'Malley about why he and his colleagues are on strike today…

Midwest News has been speaking to a number of the striking workers in Castlebar this afternoon  including  - Helen Kenny and Siobhan Barrett two of the Siptu members on the picket line and they have been explaining why they are taking this action…



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