Labour unions 'cannot accept' Hëllef Doheem redudancies
(CS/BB) After outpatient care service Hëllef Doheem announced last week that it would axe 90 jobs under a social plan, unions have criticised that not all other alternatives had been explored.
Hëllef Doheem last Friday said budget cuts necessitated the redundancies, which will affect care and cleaning staff, as well as administrative employees and staff in specialised departments.
Additionally, care centres in Wiltz and Echternach are to close, with the remaining care centres to be shut on Sundays. Clinics in Dudelange and Bacharage, where patients were able to have blood samples taken or shots administered, will also close.
After the first round of talks between Hëllef Doheem management and labour unions OGBL and LCGB this week, the latter were left disappointed. Both unions have argued that the job cuts are not justified and that other alternatives could have been sought, such as job retention plans.
“Management believes it has explored all solutions. We cannot understand this and will not accept it,” commented Céline Conter of the LCGB. “We cannot accept the announced redundancies,” added Nora Back of the OGBL, saying that the atmosphere at the talks had been very confrontational.
Financial statements are now aimed at creating clarity over the situation of the company, which reported a 3.2-million-euro deficit for 2014. Director general Benoît Holzem on Friday had said that the situation could be even worse for 2015.
Hëllef Doheem blamed tariff restrictions and stricter regulations by national health service CNS for the difficult financial situation, accusations which Social Security Minister Romain Schneider refuted.
Schneider said Monday that many of the problems at Hëllef Doheem were homemade.
Unions and Hëllef Doheem management have two weeks to negotiate the social plan before talks will move to an official mediator.