Residential care staff meet to discuss ‘exploitation’

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A meeting takes place in Letterkenny this evening to discuss what's described as the exploitation of residential care staff by health employers.

The unions IMPACT and SIPTU have called the meeting claiming that residential care staff are routinely expected to work 63 hour weeks, well above the legal maximum of 48 hours.

The unions also take issue with the rate of pay to staff for so called sleepover duty.

IMPACT organiser Una Faulkner says the current practice is not sustainable:

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