Home Help & Home Care workers from across Dublin will be mobilising to protest at Government Buildings on Merrion Street this evening at 6pm.
At a meeting in Dublin last evening of Home Help and Home Care workers in North Dublin, the anger at Fine Gael & Labour’s despicable cuts to home help services and home care packages was such that it was decided a protest highlighting the savage cuts being inflicted upon the caring services across Ireland was needed.
“That Fine Gael and the Labour Party thought it fine to target the vital home care services that many thousands of our most vulnerable of citizen’s depend upon shows where their interests lie,” said Tina MacVeigh, a member of the Home Care Community Action Group in Dublin’s Rialto/Liberties area. “They will bail out bankers and speculators, pay off bondholders – another billion euro will be paid to bondholders on 1st October – and continue to impose the disgraceful austerity demanded by the IMF/EU/ECB torika rather than stand up and defend the people who elected them. The impact of all this on peoples’ living standards and the public services they depend upon has been devastating over the past five years and people can take no more.”
Home Help workers and their clients have already suffered a 500,000 hour reduction this year and the announcement last week by the HSE that a further 600,000 hours will be slashed from the home help services will inevitably lead to a major deterioration in the lives of many of the elderly people, those with disabilities and children with life-limiting illnesses. In response to such shameful attacks on the caring services meetings of Home Help workers have taken place across Dublin and further afield over the past weeks with the express aim of mounting a campaign to fight back. This will begin with today’s protest as Home Help workers from across Dublin come together at Government Buildings at 6pm.