SIPTU representatives have today (Wednesday, 22nd May) confirmed that a process for restoring the pay of thousands of Section 39 workers has commenced in health and social care facilities across the country. The move follows lengthy discussions under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) involving SIPTU representatives with Department of Health and HSE officials. SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, said: “The HSE has written directly to each of the fifty Section 39 organisations that were identified following the SIPTU campaign for pay justice to commence the urgent implementation of pay restoration for workers. “This directive was accompanied with a statement concerning the provision of funding determined by the HSE for each Section 39 organisation on the basis of the information provided to them. The initial payment concerns the €1000 agreed and the effective date of payment remains 30th April 2019.” He added: “Negotiations on the application of the WRC agreement of October 2018 for pay restoration for the remaining 250 Section 39 organisations will commence on Friday 19th July.” The position of a small number of Section 39 and Community Home Help organisations, which failed to submit a funding application to the HSE, will be addressed separately with management.