The SIPTU national campaign to defend Home Help services is convening meetings in St. Catherine’s Resource Centre, St. Joseph’s Road, Carlow, at 7p.m. on Wednesday, 19th September, and St. Canice’s Neighbourhood Centre, Butt’s Green, Kilkenny, at 7p.m. on Thursday 20th September.
SIPTU Organiser, Dimma van Dulmen, said: “All HSE Home Helps in the Carlow and Kilkenny area are requested to attend one of the meetings. It cannot be emphasised enough how important it is for Home Helps to attend so they can discuss the growing threat to local services. The recent announcement by the HSE that it intends to further cut back Home Helps hours means it is more important than ever for workers to organise.
“Despite the protection of the Croke Park Agreement, which prioritises the use of Home Helps directly employed by the HSE to provide these vital services, year on year the number of workers employed is being reduced while there is a corresponding increase in the outsourcing of the provision of services to private ‘for-profit’ companies. This process is eroding the quality professional services which Home Helps currently provide.”
Dimma van Dulmen added: “The SIPTU Home Helps campaign is focused on defending services for the benefit of workers and their clients. The meetings mark the beginning of local campaigns to defend Home Help services.”