IDEA Services E tū members head into mediation tomorrow with IDEA Services ahead of planned strike action next week.
A second round of industrial action by the members is scheduled to on Monday, 13 May, affecting 3000 IDEA Services E tū members nationwide.
That follows an overwhelming vote by union members for a series of separate strikes over the next two months to support bargaining claims for their collective agreement.
This would be the second round of industrial action, following a four-hour strike on 1 April.
The members, who provide residential and vocational care for the intellectually disabled, are striking for higher pay for senior service workers, weekend pay rates and action on unsafe staffing levels.
An employer attempt to claw back health and safety rights was a contributing factor in the 99% margin to strike, says E tū Industry Coordinator, Alastair Duncan.
For more information, contact:
Alastair Duncan E tū Industry Coordinator ph. 027 245 6593