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Key workers in pandemic deserve compensation – Varadkar

Key staff who have worked through the pandemic could receive cash payments or additional leave as an appreciation for their efforts, the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said.

He also suggested that part of the legacy of the Covid-19 pandemic for those in the private sector would be better terms, conditions and security.

Varadkar’s comments came as a number of groups including staff in the health service and workers in the State-owned transport companies, Iarnród Éireann, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus, have lodged claims for additional leave or some other form of “compensation” for their role in dealing with the pandemic.

Varadkar said the details on how the workers concerned could be recognised for the contribution could be worked out when the pandemic abated.

He continued, “Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep us safe and well. They’ve taken care of us when we’ve been sick, made sure we’ve had enough food and supplies and taken us when we have needed to make an essential journey.”

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