Press Release

SIPTU calls for a halt to sell-off of community based employment services

Date Released: 24 January 2022

SIPTU members have expressed concern and anger at news reports that the US headquartered corporate contract company, Maximus, has established an operation in Ireland with the expressed interest in taking over Local Employment Services currently provided successfully by community based enterprises.

SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser, Adrian Kane, said: “This attempt by a US corporation to take over services that have been successfully provided by community based organisations for decades is the natural outworking of the privatisation agenda for this sector which is being pursued by the Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys.

“SIPTU, Fórsa and the Irish Local Development Network have been leading a fight back against this push for the privatisation of employment services. Regrettably, the Minister concerned has failed to acknowledge the overwhelming public support for our campaign against her privatisation agenda. 

“The Government has allowed housing policy to be dictated by large international corporate interests, with devastating consequences, and now it is seeking to allow the carve up of social services by the same forces. Our members have no doubt that the intent of the Department of Social Protection is to, over time, outsource the delivery of social services to large corporate entities. This is in the face of public opposition to the pursuit of such an extreme neo-liberal policy.”

He added: “Last week, SIPTU and Fórsa wrote to the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, calling on him to directly intervene in the long running dispute over the privatisation of employment services. This week, SIPTU members will begin weekly protests outside the constituency office of the Taoiseach in Cork unless his Government engages with our representatives on this issue.”

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