Fórsa national officials have called on the union’s members to continue to observe measures aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
The appeal came as the first relaxation of restrictions on travel, work, sport and leisure activities were introduced this week, leading to fears of a lapse in public vigilance.
The head of the Fórsa’s health division, Éamonn Donnelly, said his members were depending on the public to stay solid and follow Government advice on travel, social distancing and other measures necessary to contain the pandemic.
“Health workers make up over 30% of confirmed coronavirus cases, and a large number of them are in grades represented by Fórsa. A significant number of health staff have suffered serious illness, and some have died.
“Most of us have been cooped-up for weeks, and I know it’s frustrating. But I appeal to members to keep following official guidelines to protect our friends and families, and the many essential workers who have put themselves at risk in the service of their communities,” he said.
Fórsa official Paul MacSweeney, who represents staff in social welfare offices, echoed the appeal.
“A number of workers on the frontline of efforts to support those who’ve lost their jobs have fallen victim the virus. We owe it to them – and the thousands of private and public sector workers who’ve continued to go to work – to keep the effort up,” he said.
The head of the union’s Municipal Employees division Peter Nolan added his voice. “A large number of Dublin fire fighters have contracted Covid-19 in the course of their work. Thousands of other local authority workers have been delivering essential services, which often means putting themselves at risk,” he said.
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