Issue 15 - March 2011

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Transfer of Community Welfare Officers

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton gave details to Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) on the progress of the transfer of Community Welfare Officers (CWOs) from the HSE to her department (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th March 2011, 931).  Transfer had begun on 1st January on a secondment basis to the end of September, with the intention that from 1st October the CWOs become civil servants.  Substantial progress has been made in integrating the community welfare service with the department and negotiations were taking place to resolve outstanding industrial relations issues.