A meeting in Letterkenny aimed at ending what is described as the exploitation of residential care staff has been described as positive.
The meeting was organised by trade unions Impact and Siptu who say health employers are in breach of EU and Irish working time legislation by allowing residential care staff to work 63-hour weeks. The legal maximum is 48 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.
Impact organiser Una Faulkner said the meeting was positive.
“People are delight that the issue is being highlighted because it is such a key issue for what they do and they are pleased that it is coming to the forefront. But it won’t change overnight and it will be a slow process,” she said.