Unions expect to take St.Christopher’s to Labour Court over pay

St Christopher’s Services in Longford say they’re expecting to be called to the Labour court by unions representing staff who are not receiving pay on par with similar grades within the HSE.

Chief Executive Derek Scanlon says a process of conciliation has just concluded with no resolution simply because the service does not have funding to provide payments at that level.

In 2013, staff at St Christopher’s lost their entitlement to parity and increments with HSE workers and carrying out similar duties in other organisations, and it would take 1 million and 50 thousand euro each year to restore pay to those levels.

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Management say the situation is almost at a crisis level, with staff leaving on a daily basis to roles where they receive better pay.

Overall, St Christopher’s is seeking an additional 2 million euro to address an overall a shortfall in its services for psychological services, transport costs, updated ICT systems and other areas where functions within the service.

That does not include a sum of 700,000 euro in back payments to staff.

A delegation including Derek Scanlon have met with disabilities Minister Finian McGrath who has agreed to look at some areas where the shortfall can be addressed.

However Derek says it may be too late, as unions chose formal industrial relations mechanisms to restore pay to staff.