Social worker Silke Kauther Ginty says she hasn’t had a raise since 2008.
with four children living in the household u Mrs. Kauther Ginty, a fifth student in the Netherlands who is also looking after two Ukrainian boys, has some expenses.
This week she is among more than 1,000 workers in community sector organizations hoping to improve their wage packages by going on three-day strikes in Cork, Kerry, Galway, Mayo and Donegal.
Staff from at least 20 organizations including the Irish Wheelchair Association, Enable Ireland and Cork EmployAbility will picket.
Rising costs of living have added urgency to their demand that, as employees of organizations that receive government grants, they be entitled to the same pay rises as government employees.
You’ve seen that threats of strikes recently helped persuade Secretary of Expenditure Michael McGrath to offer a better salary for government employees.
“We had our expendable income three or four months ago,” Ms. Kauther Ginty said.
“We don’t have any now. If things don’t change, a vacation isn’t possible. We have to vacation at home in our back garden.
The starting salary is just above the minimum wage of 10.50 euros per hour, she said
“Six to ten percent of a pay rise would make a huge difference, of course right now, given the troubles we’re all in with energy and food bills. Cars are an absolute must in rural Ireland. Me and my husband both have cars and all expenses have increased dramatically.
“Any raises would definitely come in handy to give all the kids the fun that life brings. Now we have to say more often: ‘No, we can’t do that’.”
Born in Berlin, she looks after nine people with intellectual disabilities aged between 19 and 55 at the Western Care Association in Ballina.
Her husband also works for the association, so the respective wage policy will have a major impact on their budget.
They had a “recovery” of cuts that reduced their wages during the recession, but don’t classify them as raises. The starting salary is just above the minimum wage of 10.50 euros per hour, she said.
Adrian Kane, Siptu public administration organizer and community department organizer, said the strikes will have an impact on services, but there will be contingency and contingency coverage.
“We have written to the Taoiseach asking for a meeting on the subject,” he said.
“His office then referred us to the Tánaiste, who in turn referred us to other ministers, including Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman.
“This government pass-the-packet approach needs to end.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/if-things-dont-change-we-will-have-to-holiday-in-our-garden-community-sector-workers-in-five-counties-to-strike-42005628.html ‘If things don’t change, we’ll have to take a holiday in our garden’ – Community sector workers in five wards to strik