A Cork North Central TD has called on the Government to give financial recognition to all frontline staff who have to work during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sinn Féin’s Thomas Gould said that while nurses and doctors need to be paid more, it is those working in hospitals as porters or cleaners, staff in supermarkets and warehouses, and drivers, who are keeping the country going.
“All these people are on the frontline, and people who work in supermarkets are like frontline-workers now,” said Mr Gould.
“They’re going out working for €10 or €11 an hour.”
He has called for a tax rebate, a reduction in USC, or some other form of financial recognition or compensation for those on the frontline.
“The work they are doing at the moment is keeping everyone else going,” said Mr Gould.
“Anyone who’s working, irrespective of what job they are doing — there would be some kind of recognition that the Government and country appreciate the work they are doing.”
He has also asked Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty to raise the possibility of paying workers who are out of work due to Covid-19 up to €525 per week, depending on how much of a wage they are losing out on.
“We need to be putting a financial package in place for everyone,” he said.