September 30, 2023

Minister Darragh O’Brien and the federal government have been accused of ‘ tone deafness’ in relation to the firefighters’ dispute over the recruitment and retention disaster.

Firefighters in Donegal and nationwide are mentioned to be “universally offended” by an announcement on the dispute that Mr O’Brien made to the Dáil yesterday.

Minister O’Brien mentioned he would champion firefighters in upcoming pay talks, however mentioned that singling out fireplace service workers would ‘utterly unravel’ the nationwide public service pay coverage.

Firefighters within the Dáil public gallery walked out as Minister Darragh O’Brien addressed a Sinn Fein movement on the problem.

Donegal Sinn Féin Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn referred to as on the Minister to grant retained firefighters particular circumstances to make sure they’re pretty paid and finish ‘nonsense’ discuss in regards to the collective settlement

“I discover it astonishing for anyone on one facet of the negotiations to say that if they offer the firefighters parity of remedy and dignity with all different public sector employees, they might be breaking a deal,” Deputy Mac Lochlainn mentioned.

“Will the Minister identify one public sector employee who will object to treating these firefighters correctly?” he requested.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn mentioned the general public sector pay coverage was an association from the Nineteen Fifties.

He continued: “It’s from again within the day when a mechanic or a farmer may need been requested to reply as a neighborhood service. That is 2023. Individuals need to put a roof over their heads. They need to take care of their households and cope with huge prices. We all know all about the home costs and hire costs. We have now taken the salt of the earth of our nation with no consideration for much too lengthy. These are folks with civic satisfaction. They’re agonising about this strike as a result of if a fireplace or a street site visitors collision occurs of their neighborhood, they know the folks concerned. It’s completely agonising to drive folks like that to go on strike.”

A second day of labor stoppages takes place as we speak at Milford, Ballyshannon, Glencolmcille, Gweedore and Carndonagh fireplace stations.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Brendan O’Brien, mentioned: “Firefighters throughout the nation are receiving overwhelming public help for his or her strike motion. They’re steadfast and resolute within the pursuit of their aims and the Minister’s assertion final evening has strengthened their resolve to escalate their industrial motion, as deliberate, if crucial.”

Donegal TD accuses authorities of ‘tone deafness’ over firefighter dispute was final modified: June 14th, 2023 by Employees Author