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Bonus payment for frontline workers won’t be announced on budget day – Taoiseach

The bonus payment expected for frontline workers during the pandemic will not be announced on Budget day.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said today that details of the bonus and who will get it will not be announced on Budget day because it is “not a Budget day issue”.

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Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath has been working on the bonus, which will be annual leave or some form of payment.

Health service employers in many countries have offered staff bonuses or pay increases to frontline workers for their contribution during the pandemic.

The Taoiseach said today that the issue of recognising frontline workers in the health service, and workers more generally, is still under consideration.

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He said the Government will work with stakeholder groups to ensure that whatever is announced is fair and gives due recognition to workers during the pandemic.

“It is very challenging,” Martin said.

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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