Women with new infants are sick with worry about returning to work in the context of Covid, without assurances, without childcare, without supports. Extending Maternity leave and benefit would be the solution. But no, the government plays games about whose responsibility this is – Department of Finance? Social Protection? Justice? They each say its the other one’s job. It’s a disgrace. They bailed out banks – no problem, fund the horseracing industry – no problem. But mothers and babies – who cares? Sound familiar?
Let’s make sure they listen. 25,000 signed a petition supporting these new mother’s need to EXTEND MATERNITY LEAVE DURING COVID CRISIS. I was proud to work with theses new mothers in raising the issue and myself and People Before Profit will go to the wire on this, to make sure FG/FF respect their wishes.
Brid is on with a Fine Gael rep and the debate centres on issues surrounding Covid, re-opening after lockdown, new government coalition possibilities, the issue of extending maternity leave and the Covid payment.
DIRECT PROVISION IS INHUMANE as the very least. It’s a disgrace in Miltown Malbay. Rodent infestation, inadequate heating, bad food and NO INSPECTION, despite the committment to 3 inpections per year of such places (that the taxpayer is forking out big money to well connected landlords for). I raised this in the Dáil last night.
Brid challenges the Minster on the practices in the Aviation Industry where, despite huge profits being made, the workers have been treated shamefully during the Pandemic
The appalling clusters of Covid infection in the meat industry and the effect on local communities was addressed by Brid in the Dáil 3.6.20
On bank holiday Monday, May 31st, a rally to protest the killing of George Floyd, was called via social media by some young people in Dublin. It was held outside the residence of the US ambassador in the Phoenix Park. I was pleased to address them.
Bríd demands answers in relation to the rights of workers in Debenhams, on the extension of Covid payment to maternity leave and to workers in Direct Provision.
The government want to use the Covid payment to divide workers and deflect attention from who is really benefitting from the emergency – gougers like Denis OBrien & Larry Goodman. Meantime, new mothers are terrified as their maternity leave comes to an end and they face a return to work with reduced supports and the absence of childcare, in these most dangerous times. Maternity leave and benefits MUST be extended. And the Ministers ‘pass the parcel’ again, to each other, to avoid meeting the very urgent and distressing needs of these women.