SIPTU to hold protest

SIPTU Home Support workers are hoping to garner considerable public support for a protest this week against continuing government cutbacks to services. The protest is to be held in Dundalk town centre on Friday June 7th.

SIPTU Home Support workers are hoping to garner considerable public support for a protest this week against continuing government cutbacks to services. The protest is to be held in Dundalk town centre on Friday June 7th.

Protesters will gather in the Square at 3pm before marching to the local HSE Offices on Market Street to hand in a petition with over 15000 signatures calling on the government to reverse cuts to services.

The protest is part of SIPTU’s Time to Care campaign.

Vital Home Support services to the elderly and disabled suffered 500,000 hours of cuts at the beginning of 2012, and last September the HSE slashed a further 200,000 hours from service provision.

Home Support workers, previously known as Home Helps, deliver direct personal care such as preparing meals and feeding their clients, providing assistance with showering, toileting and dressing along with vital domestic duties required to ensure that those that avail of the service are safe and secure in the comfort of their own homes. Many of the people receiving these services have no other family to care for them.

IPTU Home Support workers are to hold a protest against continuing government cutbacks to services in Dundalk town centre this coming Friday June 7th.The protest forms part of SIPTU’s Time To Care campaign which is calling for a restoration of hours for vital services and proper contracts of employment for those working in the sector.

Protesters will gather in the Square at 3pm before marching to the local HSE Offices on Market Street to hand in a petition with over 15000 signatures calling on the government to reverse cuts to services.

Vital Home Support services to the elderly and disabled suffered 500,000 hours of cuts at the beginning of 2012, and last September the HSE slashed a further 200,000 hours from service provision.