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Savagery Of The IRISH GOVERNMENT And Of The Super-Rich Elite It Serves

CRUEL HOME HELP HOURS CUTS CONTINUE DESPITE STEEPLY INCREASING NUMBER OF OLDER PEOPLE

HOME HELP HOURS REDUCED By 10% Since 2010 as Numbers Over 65 Rise by 91,000
Could FG-LAB-FF Sink Any Lower?

Age Action“There are a million fewer home help hours available in Ireland today than there were ten years ago in 2006. (Number over 65 has risen by 163,100)
Mr Moran (Age Action) continued: “The HSE warned in its service plan for 2016 that services like home care, home help and nursing home beds cannot keep pace with rising demand and our ageing population.”

Increase in numbers of older people

From   2006 to 2016      =  163,100

From   2010   to  2015      =   90,900

FROM Central Statistics Office    Home / StatBank / Annual Population Estimates / PEA01 /

Thousands                   2006             2010                         2015                          2016

 

65 years and over        462.4            515.1                        606.0                          625.5

 

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After General Election

Home care cuts must be on the agenda of Government talks-AGE ACTION

Published 30/03/2016

 

Following reports that there is no funding for home care packages in many parts of Dublin, forcing older people to stay in hospitals, Age Action has said care supports must be on the agenda of talks around forming the next Government.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications at Age Action, said: “We need immediate and substantial investment in home care and other supports but that is just a temporary solution.
“Without a statutory right to community care the number of older people forced to stay in hospital longer than they need to will only rise.
“The next Programme for Government should include a commitment to introduce a statutory right to community care and to fully implement the National Positive Ageing Strategy.”

FROM AGE ACTION–Before General Election

The HSE warned last year that they were facing increasing challenges in providing care supports.

Mr Moran continued: “The HSE warned in its service plan for 2016 that services like home care, home help and nursing home beds cannot keep pace with rising demand and our ageing population.

“There are a million fewer home help hours available in Ireland today than there were ten years ago in 2006.

“In advance of the General Election every political party told us they were committed to supporting older people to stay at home as long as possible.

“The best way they can prove that is to ensure that how we provide long-term care for older people in Ireland is addressed in the negotiations going on at the moment around the formation of the next Government.”


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Elderly betrayed as million hours cut from home help rotas, says FF TD-Before General Election!!!

Irish Indeependent    25/10/2015

More than a million hours have been slashed from home help rotas in a “deeply unfair” betrayal of older people, a TD has claimed.

http://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/elderly-betrayed-as-million-hours-cut-from-home-help-rotas-says-td-34139710.html

More than a million hours have been slashed from home help rotas in a “deeply unfair” betrayal of older people, a TD has claimed.

Statistics provided to the Oireachtas health committee show a consistent declined service by 1.2 million hours over the past five years.

Fianna Fail health spokesperson Billy Kelleher, who obtained the figures, said older people were struggling to cope with staying at home.

The Cork North Central Deputy said: “The cuts to home help hours for older people are nothing short of disgraceful.

“The assistance hours have been slashed by around 10% over the past five years, and as a result of these harsh cuts, older people are finding it increasingly difficult to stay living in their own homes.”

Since 2010, the number of home help hours is down from 11.7 million to a projected 10.4 this year. (There has been a substantial increase in the population over 65 in the last 5 years-PH)

Mr Kelleher claimed older people were being unfairly targeted.

 He added: “The cuts to over 70s medical cards, to home adaptation grants, to the housing aid for older people scheme, to the telephone allowance, the abolition of the bereavement grant, and the five-fold hike in prescription charges have had a serious impact on older people across the country.

“It is deeply unfair for the Government to continue to target older people in this way. It’s also extremely counterproductive.

“By failing to provide the supports needed to allow people to live securely and with dignity in their own homes, the Government is forcing these people onto the already overburdened hospital system and costing the taxpayer more in the long run.”

From Irish Workers Union (IWU)HOME HELPS WORKING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

After a meeting with a lot of home helps now called home care assistants in the Private sector (Working for the private companies) it is indeed a very daunting situation to be in and this is where all Homecare is going. First of all, their wages are.
• €11.60 per hour
• No travelling Allowance
• No Sick Pay Conditions
• No increase of hours as your hours are set and that could mean only 10 hours per week or less.
• No guarantee from one week to the next if you will be working or not.
This is where the homecare is going now and to sit in at this meeting last night gave me a great insight into the way those workers are being treated. The H.S.E. will eventually get rid of the Homecare Packages because it is being privatised on a big scale. This also would explain the banking of hours on the Home helps of the H.S.E. Simply the work is being outsourced to the private sector on a big scale but unfortunately it’s the people that are paying for the banked hours are the people who are really paying the price for the Private sector. We here at the Independent Workers Union are now representing the Home care workers working for the Private companies to get them the pay and conditions they should be getting and we are calling on all the workers in the private sector to stand up and get your rights contact Margaret @087-2469079 follow us on twitter @homehelpshealy Please like and share our page .https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homehelpshealy/720716814667004?fref=ts.

NOTE: Legal Minimum Wage: Minimum Wage 2017 : In the summer of 2016 the Low Pay Commission recommended an increase in the national minimum wage of 10 cents per hour – which will bring it to €9.25 per hour. This new rate will take effect from January 2017.

Home Help-South Tipperary-HSE PAGE
Home Helps work with vulnerable people in the community, who through illness or disability are in need of help with day to day tasks. A home help might visit for a couple of hours per day, to help with housework, shopping, or sometime may provide more personal care like help with dressing, bathing etc. You can access this service through your Public Health Nurse at your local Health Centre or Tel: (052) 6177282.


Workers With No Fixed Office Must Be Paid for Travelling Time

https://www.theparliamentmagazine.eu/articles/news/european-court-justice-rules-travel-time-should-be-counted-working-time

European Court of Justice rules that travel time should be counted as working time

Written by William Louch on 14 September 2015 in News

Controversial ECJ ruling receives mixed reaction from employment committee MEPs.

The Luxembourg court ruled last week that for workers with no fixed office, such as care workers and door-to-door salesmen, time spent travelling to work should be counted as working time under the European Union’s Working Time Directive (WTD) rules.

The ruling does not impact on those with long commutes to fixed work places.

The case has divided MEPs in the parliament’s employment and social affairs committee (EMPL) with German committee chair Thomas Handel, welcoming the move saying, “the WTD is designed to protect the health and safety of workers. If these trips were not considered working time, in my view, this would run contrary to the directive, an important example of EU legislation.”

His colleague on the committee, vice-chair Ulla Tournae also supported the ruling, adding, “the WTD clearly states that working time is the time in which the worker is working, at the employer’s disposal and carrying out their activities and duties. The ECJ has upheld this principle in this specific case to a level I am satisfied with.”

The WTD is designed to protect workers’ health and safety; outlining how long employees can work and how much time off they are entitled to.

The case was brought to the ECJ by Comisiones Obrerars, Spain’s largest trade union, against Tyco, a Spanish security company.

The action was prompted by the closure of Tyco’s regional office in 2011 meaning staff had to travel for up to three hours every morning to install the company’s products.

The ruling states, “if a worker who no longer has a fixed place of work is carrying out his duties during his journey to or from a customer, that worker must also be regarded as working during that journey.”

It continues, “requiring the worker to bear the burden of their employer’s choice would be contrary to the objective of protecting the safety and health of workers pursued by the directive, which includes the necessity of guaranteeing workers a minimum rest period.”

The judgment is expected to have a major impact on employers across Europe.  There has been speculation that the ruling could force companies to put wages up to avoid breaking minimum wage legislation.

The decision has also provoked a strong reaction from the business lobby and centre-right MEPs, who have criticised the measures as undemocratic and interventionist.

Adam Marshall, executive director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said, “once again, a faraway court is taking decisions that could impact business prospects, job creation and economic growth in the UK.”

“Companies of all sizes will be dismayed that Luxembourg is once again intervening in a way that stops EU member states from running their own labour markets.”

UK MEP, Anthea Mcintyre also a member of the EMPL Committee, strongly criticised the measures, saying, “this could add significantly to the costs of businesses and interfere with long-established business practices. It could hit smaller firms which would be bad for growth and bad for jobs.”

She added, “we do not need a straightjacket law imposed from Europe. That just shackles employers and workers alike and puts a dead hand on job-creation and growth.”

However, the European Trade Union Confederation’s Veronica Nilsson said, “the European Court of Justice have dealt a blow against the exploitation of workers. This is good news for many home care workers, repair and maintenance staff and other mobile workers.”

 

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  1. Eleanor Thompson
    December 5, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I believe there are many who know they are dieing and wish it would end. Family’s and friends have to look on hoping it will all finish for the sake of the person concerned. Is it not time where people should be given the option to be allowed to die in peace if they wish?

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