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Protests in Waterford, Dublin and Galway in community sector strike

Protests in Waterford, Dublin and Galway in community sector strike

SIPTU members will hold protests in Dublin, Galway and Waterford toda to mark the second day of strike action by care and community sector workers in a long running dispute in which they are seeking their first pay rise in 14 years.

Speaking yesterday on day one of their protest, SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: β€œOur members employed by the Irish Wheelchair Association held a one-day work stoppage. This was very successful in highlighting the demand for pay justice for care and community sector workers.

β€œOn pickets across the country our members were overwhelmed by the strong support shown by the public for the strike, with many welcoming the fact the workers were standing up for pay justice in the midst of the worsening cost of living crisis.”

SPeaking about day two of strike action today, he added: "SIPTU members in selected community sector organisations, with a particular focus on county Galway and county Waterford, are taking a similar stand. They will be conducting 24-hour work stoppages and attending protests in Dublin, Galway and Waterford.

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β€œTheir demand is simple and it is for the Government to engage with these workers and their union representatives to discuss funding so they can have their first pay rise in 14 years.”

The protests taking place:

β€’ Dublin: Protest outside Department of Social Protection offices, Áras Mhic Dhiarmada, Bus Áras, Store Street, Dublin 1, from 12 noon – 2.00 p.m.

β€’ Waterford: Protest outside the Department of Social Protection Office, Government Buildings, Cork Road, Waterford, from 12 noon – 2.00 p.m.

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β€’ Galway: Protest in Eyre Square, 12 noon – 2.00 p.m.

Photo: SIPTU Twitter

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