Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called on the government to intervene to avert five days of strike action by CE supervisors in County Mayo which begin next week.

Deputy Calleary commented, “CE supervisors are vital to the communities across County Mayo and play an essential role in the provision of these community services. I have repeatedly raised their conditions and needs in the Dáil.

“CE Supervisors in our constituency are forced to engage in five days of strike action due to Fine Gael’s failure to engage with them and act on a 2008 Labour Court recommendation regarding an entitlement to an occupational pension.

“My party colleagues and I brought forward a motion which was passed in the Dáil calling on the government to engage with CE Supervisors and to find a satisfactory pathway to address the pension issue for the 1,250 CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors based on the 2008 Labour Court Recommendation.

“It’s a year since that motion passed, but the government has continued to sit on its hands and has refused to meaningfully engage on this issue.

“Fine Gael has been in government for eight years but has demonstrated a shocking disregard for CE Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors and the valuable work that they do. They have a positive impact in every town and village across our county.

“We must also be aware of the consequence of strike action. Services throughout Mayo will be shut down or running with limited staff. This will cause serious disruption for thousands of people who depend on CE schemes.

“Ministers Regina Doherty and Pascal Donohoe must intervene to avert this strike and work with the CE Supervisors,” concluded Deputy Calleary.