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Extra bank holiday not enough to reward frontline staff, government warned

The government has been warned that an extra bank holiday is not a substantial enough reward for frontline staff.

With over 100,000 health workers being on the frontline during the pandemic, chief negotiator for the health unions Tony Fitzpatrick stated that their members were more at risk to the virus than anyone else during the pandemic.

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It’s understood that the government are considering an option involving the extension of extra leave over two years.

Understanding that the government want to do something for everybody, Fitzpatrick stated, “We’re saying healthcare workers went into the eye of the storm and other jurisdictions have done it, and they need to do the same.”

He has also called for talks next week to address the issue with “no dillydallying.”

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He stated that 32,000 healthcare workers were infected, thousands contracted long Covid and worked without proper PPE at the beginning of the pandemic.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has stated that the government still has to work out the details of its reward structure which will be achieved over the coming weeks.

This comes amid proposals from the government of increasing the minimum wage by 30c as well as adding a new bank holiday.

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