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Retail workers and other frontline staff could be in line for payment as a reward for Covid-19 work

Frontline workers, including those in the retail sector, could be in line for payments or extra holidays as a result of working during the pandemic.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the Government wants to reflect the contribution that many people have made during the pandemic, including those in the retail sector.

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Martin said Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has been engaging with trade unions on the issue.

“We want to reflect the contribution that people have made during Covid-19, particularly frontline workers and those frontline workers have been in many sectors, not least in retail, for example, right from the beginning and commencement of the pandemic and it will be challenging, but that is something that we are working towards energetically and proactively,” the Taoiseach said.

He said he was not going to get into specifics in advance of the budget, but that a combination of measures, including monetary and time off work will on offer.

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When asked how such measures would be funded, Martin replied: “The response to the pandemic is a once off response in terms of the response that will ensue.”

IMAGE – “Dáil Éireann – Election of Taoiseach – 27 June 2020” by Houses of the Oireachtas is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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