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Varadkar pledges to introduce living wages and better healthcare funding

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is set to tell Fine Gael’s Ard Fheis this evening that better pay, as well as terms and conditions for workers should be the legacy of the pandemic.

During the virtual conference, Varadkar also pledges to introduce a living wage, improve access to pensions and maintain the current funding that was being allocated to the health sector during the pandemic.

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The post-Covid era has been the prominent theme of Fine Gael’s Ard Fheis with senior party members scheduled to virtually discuss topics such as the future of housing, special education supports and the availability and affordability of childcare.

Two motions are to be voted on by party members, one which asks the party to deliver for families in terms of childcare and the other calling on the government to establish a Carer’s Commission to address issues being faced by carers.

Varadkar will be addressing the main event today at 5pm and is expected to tell members that the pandemic has broadened the definition of an essential worker to not just emergency workers but to supermarket workers, food sector workers, drivers and cleaners.

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Better pay and working conditions have also been called for by the Fine Gael leader, who also pledged to introduce statutory sick pay as well as a living wage, improved access to pensions and reform of the social welfare system.

The Ard Fheis can be watched live on RTÉ One television and the RTÉ News channel.

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