Today’s motion to pay student nurses👇— Holly Cairns TD (@HollyCairnsTD) January 20, 2021
This government needs to listen to our young people. Their lives and futures have been turned upside-down.
Aa country, we have a very long legacy of letting our young people down. We can’t condemn another generation to emigration. pic.twitter.com/99JCrQUpJd
Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central, Thomas Gould said:
“Sinn Féin...brought a motion before the Dail that would see student nurses and midwives paid for the work they are doing on the Covid-19 frontline. I was proud to speak in support of this motion.
“I raised the issue of travel allowances. This is calculated from the university and not a student’s home. Those working in the Bons Secours in Cork get no travel allowance despite travelling from areas such as Glanmire.
“I am calling on all TDs from across all parties in Cork North Central to do the right thing and back this motion.
“The Minister for Health has suggested paying student nurses and midwives just €100 per week. This won’t cut it.
“There should be no more empty promises or delays. This is a crisis.
“The review the Minister based this small sum on was conducted before the current crisis and recognised that, if the situation changed, that it would be appropriate to return to the March pay agreement.
“Where students are needed to fill employment gaps they should be paid appropriately.
“There was a severe staffing crisis before the pandemic, and now it is even worse.
“Throughout the pandemic, student nurses and midwives have been working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect our families and communities from Covid-19.
“The way the Government has treated them has been nothing short of insulting. It’s time to do the right thing and ensure they are paid properly. They deserve respect and must be protected from exploitation.
“Sinn Féin’s motion next week will ensure the March pay agreement returns. This is more important than ever, as the public health crisis worsens.
“The Government cannot keep trying to hide from this issue. Sinn Féin will stand up for student nurses and midwives to ensure they are treated fairly.
“The decision to pay student nurses and midwives lies with the Minister for Health but Minister Harris is also responsible for protecting students from exploitation.
“The time to deliver is now.”