Galway Rural Development welcomes pay deal progress

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Pictured at Dáil Eireann were Séan Larkin (GRD), Ellen Brennan (Dublin South Partnership), Senator Eugene Murphy, Liz Macdonald (GRD), Martin Corcoran (Mayo North East Partnership), Robert Troy TD, Senator Ollie Crowe, and Sean Broderick (GRD Senior Manager).

Galway Rural Development has called for a ‘swift and timely’ resolution to the pay deal in relation to Rural Social Scheme (RSS), TÚS and CE Scheme supervisors.

This follows the announcement this week, after a campaign by the Galway development company, that the Government had accepted the need for a pay rise for supervisors and assistant supervisors within the three schemes. 

Earlier this week Senator Ollie Crowe (FF) welcomed the news that the Department of Social Protection will now attend the Workplace Relations Commission and said he looked forward to the Department sitting at the table with the representatives of the supervisors to reach an acceptable pay settlement.

“Alongside my Fianna Fáil colleagues we have been working with our Government colleagues to make their voice heard,” he said.

“These workers do very important work in communities and bring valuable skills to those gaining work experience on these schemes.”

Galway Rural Development welcomed the news, and thanked Senator Crowe for his support, but they urged the government to not repeat the delays associated with previous announcements.

GRD led a national campaign last summer involving community meetings and presentations at Dáil Éireann which resulted in changes to the schemes, with the pay and conditions element deferred until this year. 

Speaking on behalf of GRD, Senior Manager Sean Broderick, said: “We warmly welcome the fact that that Government has moved with respect to TÚS, RSS and CE supervisors pay claims, however it is critically important that actions now match words and there isn’t a repeat of the delays experienced by other groups in the Workplace Relations Commission.”