Fórsa has sought the establishment of appropriate ‘negotiating machinery’, or a formalised structure for talks between management and all unions representing staff at St John of God (SJOG) community services.
The union said a formal negotiating structure was required following the announcement by SJOG that it has issued 12 months’ notice of its intention to terminate its contract with the HSE.
The HSE-funded provider of intellectual disability and mental health services employs more than 300 staff in a variety of grades represented by Fórsa.
Fórsa official Seán McElhinney said the union met with SJOG management on 9th October. “In follow up correspondence, we sought a commitment from the employer, and the HSE, to a single transfer of services.
“These are highly valued services and there should be no fragmentation of the existing services before any proposed transfer.
The union’s position is that the entire workforce should migrate to the same employer, and this would help to ensure the integrity and continuity of the existing services provided to SJOG’s clients, as well as providing the necessary assurance to its loyal and dedicated team of hard working staff,” he said.
Seán said the union continues to engage with SJOG management, and has sought specific information from the employer about its approach to transferring its services to another provider.
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