10. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department provides funding to organisations (details supplied) to facilitate pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53432/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Voluntary Sector Remuneration)

Deputy Joan Burton: This question relates to workers paid out of the public purse, particularly in hospices but also in other section 39 organisations, who voluntarily took pay reductions during the country’s darkest hour when the economy crashed. As these salaries are entirely funded out of the public purse, what are the Minister’s plans to make a declaration on providing properly for pay restoration for these people who took a hit in the public interest? When will the Minister restore their ...

446. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health when a full restoration of salaries to health workers in section 39 organisations will take place in view of a recent Labour Court ruling on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53907/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Voluntary Sector Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Deputy is aware of the Government position in relation to the status of employees of section 39 organisations, having raised the issue in previous Parliamentary Questions. I can advise that I am currently engaging on the issue with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
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382. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of agencies funded under section 39 of the Health Act 2004 concerning pay restoration; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that agencies which were required to align their staff pay to HSE salary scales over many years and were instructed to reduce pay in accordance with FEMPI have now been informed that their staff are not entitled to any pay restoration as FEMPI is unwound in the public service; if this reflects his own position on the matter; if so, the way in which he justifies it; the number of agencies, the number of staff and the amount of pay involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39135/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Voluntary Sector Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under section 39 of the Health Act 2004, the HSE has in place Service Level Agreements with voluntary providers which set out the level of service to be provided for the grant to the individual organisation. Any individuals employed by these section 39 organisations are not HSE employees, therefore neither the HSE nor the Minister have a role in determining the salaries or other terms and conditions applying to these staff. 
The staff of these Section...

1012. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if the cost of the increase in the minimum wage from €9.15 per hour to €9.25 per hour and the cost of sleep-overs on assignments from €9.15 per hour to €13.49 per hour will be fully implemented by his Department; if the difference in the costs will be passed on to companies providing specialised services under contract to his Department to enable those companies meet their obligations; if his Department is in negotiations with such service providers at present; if service providers have applied for an increase in rates to meet the rising costs of providing such care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20068/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Voluntary Sector Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In September 2014, the Labour Court issued a recommendation that staff should be paid an hourly rate in respect of each hour spent on sleepover in excess of 39 hours and that these hours should be paid at a rate that is equal to the national minimum hourly rate. Separately, the Government, as part of Budget 2017, approved an increase to the National Minimum Wage with effect from 1 January 2017. This decision, therefore, provided for an increase to the...

554. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the provision which has been made for section 39 organisations providing social care services to meet the various pay restoration requirements now falling due under the Lansdowne Road Agreement. (Question 16648/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Voluntary Sector Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Voluntary providers are funded under Section 39 of the Health Act 2004. The HSE has in place Service Level Agreements with these providers that set out the level of service to be provided for the grant to the individual organisation and requirements in relation to standards of care. 
As the individuals employed by Section 39 organisations are not HSE employees, the HSE has no role in determining the salaries or other terms and conditions applying to t...