Bríd responds to queries on the following issues Special advisers to Junior Ministers; Politicians pay ;PUP and Wage Subsidy cut; Low Pay; Covid committee debates and Maternity care in Covid
Whilst we welcome any Bill that improves workers rights in this country, it bears pointing out the incredibly poor standard of workers rights in this country are due in no small part to Labour’s previous actions in government.
Many Frontline workers have no sick-pay scheme – they’re employed by agencies that don’t offer one. What a choice then if they feel ill – TEST AND GET NO MONEY FOR 2 WEEKS OR DON’T TEST, AND PUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS AT RISK (but at least you’ll have the rent money)!!!!! I sit on the government special Covid committee and there is NO SENSE OF URGENCY about these risks, and others, to carers or patients. I spoke about this recently on The Late Debate on RTE radio 1, Sept 17 (I think)
Bríd seeks information on the high proportion of Covid deaths occurring in our Nursing Homes but is poorly facilitated by the Chair
Bríd discusses the dangers of ‘Covid as a conspiracy’ and the continuing need for effective and not-for-profit screening services.
A row erupted on the eve of the Dáil Summer recess. This row was not a procedural row and the anger of many was real as the Govt , Including ALL of the Green party voted to relegate the voices of opposition in the Dail; it wasn’t about speaking time; that remains the same. It was about ensuring the opposition in smaller parties are pushed down the order and ignored by media and press.
Redundancies, as we see in the Debenhams situation, are a serious issue. More redundancies in other companies, in the times of Covid, are likely. Brid speaks to an amendment to a proposed Bill that would see workers’ redundancy payments placed at the top of the list, ahead of creditors and Revenue, when it comes to dealing with insolvency.
With this new government legislation coming into effect on the 10th August, landlords can evict again, after a temporary ban on evictions over the last few months. This bill – effectively making it legal again to evict tenants – will strike fear into the hearts of many families and individuals who were protected only due to emergency evictions ban that was in place. This minister is loyal to the landlords. What about the thousands of people who are terrified they will have nowhere to live?
WATER IS NOW BEING RATIONED. That’s in the Skellig Star Hotel, in Cahirsiveen, which is being used as a Direct Provision centre, despite it being described as ‘completely inappropriate’ by a public health official. 32 residents are in the third day of hunger strike. I named the owner in the Dáil this morning, and the fact that I named him seems to have been of greater concern to Varadkar than the welfare of the asylum seekers.
With regard to the Debenhams workers, what we’re asking of all deputies is to say which side you are on? What we say is bail out the workers first – ahead of banks, creditors, and Revenue