SIPTU members employed in 19 community schemes across nine counties are going on strike in a dispute over pay.

Organisations impacted by the 24-hour work stoppage in Co Galway, include Galway Rural Development, Employability and the Oranmore CE Scheme.

In Co Waterford, the schemes affected include Active People Community Group, Cappoquin Community Employment and West Waterford GAA Clubs.

Also taking part in today's strikes are community workers from various schemes in counties Meath, Kilkenny, Kildare, Clare, Westmeath, Louth and Donegal.

Protests will be held in Dublin, Galway and Waterford to coincide with the strikes.

The industrial action is part of a wider campaign demanding better pay for care and community sector workers who say they have not had a pay rise in 14 years.

SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser Adrian Kane said workers going on strike are doing so "because they haven't received a pay increase in 14 years, and probably more importantly, there is no way in which we can secure a pay increase for them because we're caught in this limbo type situation where they are employed by particular partnership companies in the main who do not have the money to increase rates of pay."

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, he said SIPTU members in the sector did receive pay increases between 1986 and 2008 with the national wage agreements and since then there have been public sector pay agreements and workers in the private sector will have had wage increases determined by employers.

"But we're being left with no mechanism in which we can increase pay," he added.

Yesterday, SIPTU members in the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) staged a 24-hour work stoppage.

The IWA workers say that although they do essentially the same job as HSE healthcare assistants, they are paid considerably less.

The Irish Wheelchair Association is a 'Section 39' organisation contracted to provide services on behalf of the HSE for a funding grant in accordance with Section 39 of the Health Act 2004.

The IWA said it cannot increase pay for staff without an increase in its HSE Section 39 grant.

The Department of Health said that because such organisations are privately owned, setting pay rates for their staff is not a problem for the Government.

Unions say it is the State's responsibility to adequately fund the community sector.

"It is Government departments that fund the organisations that employ these workers and that it is why its representatives must come to the table when pay is being negotiated in this sector," said SIPTU Public Administration and Community Division Organiser Adrian Kane.

"These workers are saying enough is enough, they will neither stay silent nor beg for justice any longer," he added.