SIPTU Community Sector representatives have called on the management of the South Dublin County Partnership (SDCP) to meet with them to discuss a number of issues concerning union members employed delivering the organisation’s programmes. SIPTU Organiser, Karen Smollen, said: “We previously had a positive engagement process with SDCP management holding bi-monthly meetings to discuss local and national issues. Unfortunately, this engagement ended after the SDCP secured the funding to deliver community schemes in the south Dublin area during last year’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme tendering process. "Since then senior management in the SDCP has ignored all contact by their workers’ representatives to discuss their collective concerns, including pay restoration. SDCP has also ignored communications from the Workplace Relations Commission. This amounts to a refusal to engage with the industrial relations machinery of the State.”She added: “As a publicly funded organisation, the decision by SDCP to refuse to meaningfully discuss its workers concerns is completely unacceptable. If management do not change their attitude it will necessitate further action by our members in order to have the issues that concern them adequately dealt with.”