Union reiterates call on Minister Varadkar to intervene
June 1st: Unite today confirmed that its members working for Limerick MABS will be performing their normal duties today despite the continuing suspension of funding and the associated uncertainty regarding whether our members will continue being paid.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Ed Thompson said:
“Despite the suspension of funding to Limerick MABS revealed last week, the organisation has not given notice to our members, nor has there been any announcement that the office is to close.
“Unite had hoped that a meeting last Monday would have clarified the position so we now call upon the Minister to intervene to bring about an end to the uncertainty around the funding of such a vital service.
“In view of this, and in view of the fact that many families in financial difficulties depend on the expert advice and support provided by the Limerick MABS service, our members will continue working as usual pending clarification of the situation.
“Unite believes that our members should be commended for working despite uncertainty around being paid, and it is indicative of the service that MABS delivers to their clients.
“MABS is funded by the Citizens’ Information Board on behalf of the Department of Social Protection, and I am again appealing to Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene to ensure that funding is restored while any outstanding issues are being resolved.
“Continuity of funding is vital not only for our members working in MABS, but also for those who depend on its services”, Mr Thompson concluded.