Fórsa has written to the secretary general of the Department of Health, Robert Watt, about the need to implement an existing proposal to appoint a dedicated Health & Social Care Professional (HSCP) policy advisor at the department.
While roughly half of employers already provide paid sick leave, many lower-earning more vulnerable workers have no paid sick leave, but a new statutory sick pay scheme is to be phased in over a four-year period, starting with three paid days per year in 2022.
Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan addressed an event last week organised by the Employment Bar Association on the future of work: “As we emerge from the pandemic we need better lives, better working conditions and a better planet. There are challenges facing us all, but we can’t assume we just go back to normal."
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) responded to media reports last week that An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar wants to see a phased return to offices in August rather than September, on the assumption that the vaccination programme continues on course and cases remain under control.