CE Supervisor’s strike action must be resolved so services can continue
The Government must act to resolve the proposed industrial action by Community Employment supervisors on Monday, May 13.
Cllr Joe Flaherty was commenting as five days of strike action by CE supervisors will take place from Monday.
He explained, “Fianna Fáil has always been a strong supporter and advocate of CE Schemes. These programmes not only benefit participants but also the wider community by providing essential services.
"From Monday, May 13 CE Supervisors will strike to highlight their lack of pension entitlements. I believe the Minister for Social Protection must step in immediately to address their concerns and resolve this industrial action for the sake of those who depend on the services provided for under CE Schemes.
“Back in February I joined the protest outside the social protection office in Athlone and spoke with CE Supervisors who were engaging in a nationwide day of industrial action. I spoke with them and I listened to their frustration at the fact that they have been ignored for the past number of years as their calls for an occupational pension fell on deaf ears.
“I am bitterly disappointed to see that no action has been taken since then to stop the strike action which is imminent. I am even more disappointed to see that CE Supervisors are having to seek clarity from the Minister as to whether or not participants will be legally covered to work during the strike, whether they will be paid directly from social welfare and whether participants will be guaranteed their place back on the scheme the following week”, he concluded.