IMPACT is holding an information meeting for staff working in residential care facilities at their offices on the Port Road in Letterkenny this evening at 7pm.
The trade union has said that the time has come for health employers to end the exploitation of residential care staff.
IMPACT and SIPTU say health employers are in breach of EU and Irish working time legislation, with residential care staff routinely expected to work 63-hour weeks. The legal maximum is 48 hours.
IMPACT organiser Una Faulkner said: “This issue is about the substantial hours that workers spend on-call while they are in-situ at residential facilities over night. ‘Sleepover’ duty, as it is known, is part of the working week for residential care staff. The problem is that health employers do not treat these ‘sleepover’ hours as working time for pay purposes, or when they’re calculating the time that can be legally worked. This means that staff are expected to work excessive hours.”
IMPACT lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission in February on behalf of its members working as residential care staff. IMPACT and SIPTU are engaged in a joint campaign to highlight that many health employers are regularly in breach of EU and Irish working time legislation.