SIPTU members working in local employment services (LES) and employment clubs in County Laois and County Offaly today (Monday December 6) launched a work stoppage campaign in the context of a dispute resulting from the privatization of this community service.
The industrial action was supported by a demonstration by SIPTU members outside the Department of Social Welfare in Store Street, Dublin 1.
SIPTU’s Public Administration and Community Organizer Adrian Kane said: “Our members have received tremendous support from the public and the people who use their services in Birr, Portarlington, Tullamore and Dublin.
“We intend to keep the pressure on and step up our actions until Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys understands and stops the proposed destruction of these vital local employment programs.”
He added: “The reality is that our members employed in LES and employment clubs, as well as the people who use these services, will ultimately pay the price for the privatization model proposed by the government. The Minister must realize that the resolve of our members is strong and that they will see their campaign to stop the privatization of these services across the country until it is successful.
“We call again on the Taoiseach to step in and invite stakeholders to establish a forum to discuss a fair way forward,” he said.
The Laois and Offaly Job Club teams will step up their action.