Pay, Slántecare, working time, housing, mental health, ‘section 39;’ funding and the climate crisis are among the issues that Fórsa has raised with the main political parties contesting general election 2020. And the union has developed materials to help health workers quiz election candidates who knock on the door to plead for their votes.
More than a decade since the economic crash, public service pay and conditions are still being framed by an “emergency mind-set,” despite Ireland’s return to robust growth, exchequer finances and employment rates, according to Fórsa’s general secretary.
Fórsa members in a small number of ‘section 39’ agencies are to be balloted for industrial action in the latest phase of the union’s campaign for pay justice in independent organisations that rely on State funding to deliver vital health and care services.
Tusla staff will have access to a job evaluation scheme from the end of this month. The Fórsa-negotiated deal, which comes into effect on 31st January , makes job evaluation available to clerical and administrative grades III to VI.