Fianna Fáil Press Office
Senator Darragh O’Brien
Dublin Fingal

12 February 2016

Home Help workers must be supported – O’Brien

Fianna Fáil Dublin Fingal candidate Senator Darragh O’Brien has reinforced his support for Home Help workers in the north Dublin area who are still awaiting payment of Labour Court recommended increases.

“This issue has been going on for over four years and it is a slap in the face for these workers that it has still not been resolved.

“Three deadlines to resolve this matter have been missed and it is utterly unacceptable. These workers are being strung along. This is a small number of people who have been earning €8, €9, €10 and €12 per hour, some of whom are due €5,000, €6,000, €7,000 or €8,000 back. It is a significant amount of money to them.

“I think everyone will agree that home help workers carry out a crucial role on the front line of our health service in caring for our sick, elderly and inform at home. We cannot allow a situation to persist where a Labour Court recommendation from 2009 is continually being withheld.

“I will continue to campaign for the rights of Home Help workers to be vindicated. The Government must be made comply with Labour Court recommendations, and pay these workers what they are due,” added Senator O’Brien.
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