Firstly, I am delighted to note that the industrial action due to take place has been suspended following recent discussions I and officials held with Fórsa and SIPTU. The very many services provided by CE supervisors, assistant supervisors and every participant in community employment schemes in rural and urban areas are extremely valuable to every town and village in the country. All of these schemes are well embedded in community areas nationally and they are engaged in significant levels of service support and delivery.
Engagement will now commence between the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection and the unions over the next number of months. This provides an opportunity to address issues of concern to CE Supervisors. The date of the next meeting has been agreed with all parties with engagement commencing this week.