Frontline Workers need Pandemic Bonus Urgently - Quinn
The Aontú representative for Limerick City North, Dean Quinn, has called for the government to stop procrastinating and speed up payments of the Pandemic Bonus to frontline workers.
Speaking today, Mr Quinn said "Over two years after a bonus was first proposed, and over seven months after it was agreed by the Government, tens of thousands of healthcare workers are still waiting to receive a pandemic payment. This is utterly absurd and a slight to the work and care they provided".
‘’The state broadcaster, RTE, reported in June that ‘Most Healthcare Workers had not received their pandemic bonus’, the figures showed that only 13% of eligible workers had gotten the payment. Earlier this week two physios employed by the HSE reached out to Aontú at our Limerick office to ask us to put pressure onto the government to pay workers what they're owed. There is a huge amount of frustration at the delays.’’
"Healthcare workers and nurses stepped up to the mark during the pandemic, they never took a step backwards, they put themselves and their families at risk. The payment should have been a chance to show healthcare workers that the government, on behalf of the people, recognises, respects, and values the contribution of those on the frontline. Instead, they have been met with empty promises, delays and a litany of excuses’’ concluded Mr Quinn.