Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Employment Affairs & Social Protection Willie O’Dea TD has called on the government to intervene to avert five days of strike action by CE supervisors, which is due to begin next Monday.

Deputy O’Dea said, “CE supervisors are the backbone of communities the length and breadth of the country, playing a fundamental role in the provision of essential services. Unfortunately, they are now being 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.

“Last year I, along with my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, 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.

“More recently I made a submission to the Interdepartmental Review on CE schemes in which I set out my Party’s vision for CE schemes and where I once again called on Fine Gael to fulfil the will of the majority of the Dáil and honour the 2008 Labour Court recommendation.

“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. If this strike action goes ahead it will cause serious disruption for thousands of people who depend on the services carried out under CE schemes.

“I am therefore once again calling on Ministers Regina Doherty and Pascal Donohoe to intervene to avert this strike and to find a way forward. The ball is in their court”.