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.
Brid defends the Covid 19 payment for workers and the low-waged economy
The shameful record of Creed is outlined by Brid to the Minister, accusing him of showing no concern for the workers – 860 of whom are now infected, but rather of showing interest only in defending the interests of the beef barons.beef barons
In the Dáil today, I proposed that the money set aside for childcare for frontline workers, be given to those same workers as compensation for the costs they incurred due to the failure of the promised childcare to be realised.
WHY NO INSPECTIONS OF DANGEROUS WORKPLACES? Over 200 complaints to the Health and Safety Authority, but not one of them investigated. With the opening of construction sites next week, this has serious implications for control of the pandemic as well as the health of constructions workers themselves, their families and communities.
Today in the Dáil, we challenged Minister Flanagan over the appalling treatment of asylum seekers in Direct Provision during the Covid crisis. The conditions there are an abuse of human rights at the best of times, for the 6,000 plus residents, but at the time of Covid, they may well be fatal. We now have 149 cases in 10 clusters. The government farmed out ‘care’ of asylum seekers to for-profit companies which costs the taxpayer €70 million a year. The people of Cahirciveen have shown magnificent social solidarity with the 120 assylum seekers packed onto a bus and sent down there – would that the government had as fraction of their decency.
Praise is good but PROPER PAY AND PPE are better. On INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY the least FF/FG could do is pay them the full amount agreed from the strike. Many hospitals haven’t done that yet. And despite solemn assurances from Harris and Holohan, PPE is still an issue for many nurses and carers. People Before Profit were proud to stand in solidarity with nurses today outside James’s, Cherry Orchard, and Crumliln hospitals.
Bríd raises questions in relation to nursing homes and Direct Provision, in the context of Covid 19.
Bríd slams Humpries over the absence of an agency that will protect workers in the workplace in this time of Covid 19 crisis. She also demands that redundancy notices to workers (as in Debenhams) should not be issued during the crisis