SIPTU representatives have today (Friday, 26th March) called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, to release the funds necessary to settle the Community Employment supervisors pension dispute without delay or run the risk of another round of strike action. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Jane Boushell, said: “It is outrageous that CE supervisors are still waiting for this matter to be resolved. The patience of our members is wearing thin. We cannot continue to have all talk and no action from Government. Our members have waited long enough. An emergency meeting of our national CE supervisor committee is planned for Wednesday 31st March to discuss our next steps including the escalation to all out strike action.” “Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, CE supervisors have made sure a range of essential services, from keeping our towns clean to providing a meals on wheels service to our older people, have continued through the pandemic. They make a real difference in people’s everyday lives and for the Minister to continue to sit on his hands and not give these frontline heroes the respect they deserve is absolutely appalling.” She added: “The Minister, who is on the public record as supporting our campaign, must step up now, respect the Labour Court recommendation and pay our members what they are owed.”