Government must immediately intervene and put forward a comprehensive Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme for workers -ICTU
20 Mar 2020
General Secretary Patricia King has expressed grave concern at reports that employers who temporarily lay off workers because of coronavirus will not be refunded for paying them anything over and above the new Covid-19 unemployment payment of €203 per week offered by the State.
Patricia King said this is an unprecedented emergency for the country, and she called for immediate intervention by Government to immediately develop a ‘Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme for Workers.’ which would seek to uphold their net income.
She said “ this will require a tripartite approach to develop this workable solution, and it is absolutely essential that we mitigate the enormous stress felt by workers and their families, it is time for flexible thinking and extraordinary solutions to ensure workers have enough to live on”.
Patricia King said hundrerd of thousands of workers will be laid off and businesses have been temporarily closed in this unprecedented emergency . We are in extraordinary times which demands extraordinary solutions.
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