1600 Galway Jobs At Stake As Community Employment Cuts Bite Deep

Cuts to the Community Employment (CE) schemes across Galway city and county could result in the loss of 1600 jobs, SIPTU Organiser, Diane Jackson has warned.

"Hundreds of jobs and key services to the vulnerable and disadvantaged are on the line unless there is a change in government policies in relation to CE funding,”"Diane Jackson said.

An Open Day to highlight the crucial work undertaken by Community Employment (CE) Schemes in Galway City and County will take place on Monday 25th June next between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shantalla, Galway. The event takes place amid increasing concern for the future of CE as budget cutbacks have wiped out both materials and training grants for projects across the county.

Peter Connolly, who is a CE Worker employed by the Shantalla Development Company explained: "There are 70 CE schemes across Galway City, County and Connemara employing 1600 workers and 80 supervisors. All of these jobs are now at risk. So are the essential services they provide in areas of mental health, meals on wheels, childcare, disability, youth and environmental work.

"We are holding this open day because our communities cannot afford to lose these vital services or jobs. We have invited all of our local public representatives to attend and will be seeking their full support for the restoration of funding and protection of services. If we don’t act now it will be too late for many of the schemes in our County."

Diane Jackson called on people in the local communities to attend on the day and to show their support for workers in the community sector.


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