Construction: Unite urges employers to engage with Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme

Unite logo white out of redRetaining workers in employment will protect individuals, families and business

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March 30th: Following the Government’s effective closure of non-essential construction sites, trade union Unite – which represents construction workers throughout Ireland – has urged employers to engage with the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and to top up payments so as to protect workers’ incomes.  The union has also reminded employers that the scheme allows for workers laid off as a result of COVID-19 to be re-hired and covered by the scheme.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer for Construction Tom Fitzgerald said the union has already contacted individual employers in the sector and will be engaging with others in the days ahead to ensure that as many workers as possible are retained in employment and their incomes protected:

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Unite welcomes effective closure of non-essential construction sites to help halt COVID-19 spread

Unite logo white out of redFocus must now turn to protecting workers’ incomes and precarious workers

March 28th: Unite, which represents construction workers throughout Ireland, today (Saturday) welcomed the confirmation this morning by Minister Simon Harris that non-essential construction sites are being effectively closed as part of a package of measures announced by the government last night.  Construction workers had highlighted the impossibility of adhering to hygiene and social distancing requirements on sites.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer for Construction Tom Fitzgerald said:

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COVID-19 and your Rights as a Worker – UPDATED 26 March 2020

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Frequently Asked Questions – Updated 26 March 2020

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency is evolving rapidly and Unite will be updating our advice as dictated by circumstances. 

Unite is endeavouring to maintain our service to members during this unprecedented health emergency. In order to facilitate social distancing in line with public health guidelines, our offices are now closed to public visitors until further notice.

If you require assistance, please email adminroi@unitetheunion.org.

Below, please find information on some questions you may have as a worker affected by the COVID-19 emergency.  We will be continuing to update this FAQ on a rolling basis as the situation develops. 

As well as the general information below, please scroll down for specific Health & Safety information relating to outdoor and indoor workplaces.

A PDF of this document is available here.

Please note that this document only applies to the Republic of Ireland.

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Sixty workers refuse to start at Linden Foods site in Dungannon, demand immediate talks with management over Coronavirus infection control measures

90783556_2810575689056753_1270555547833204736_oTotal absence of social distancing measures on boning line, in canteen and at entry and exit points
 
Brian Hewitt, Unite Regional Officer for workers at Linden Foods in Dungannon who was contacted by workers after they walked out this morning said that his union will do whatever it takes to support our members’ fight for adequate Coronavirus infection controls.
  
“There have been ongoing issues between management and workers at Linden Foods in Dungannon over the issue of the absence of social distancing for workers on the boning line, in the canteen, changing areas and at entry and exit points. The company’s management has provided no additional wash facilities and failed to stagger breaks.
 
“Workers have been reporting to Unite that those exhibiting symptoms are still allowed to work as are those with family members who self-isolating as result of being in the high risk health category. Everyone needs to take responsibility but company’s actions are putting workers needlessly at further risk. 

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Construction: Unite writes to Taoiseach seeking site closure to help halt spread of COVID-19

Unite logo white out of redConstruction: Unite writes to Taoiseach seeking site closure to help halt spread of COVID-19

Union says social distancing and hygiene measures cannot be observed

Letter calls for workers’ incomes to be protected

Trade union Unite, which represents construction workers throughout Ireland, has written to the Taoiseach asking for the Government to close non-essential construction sites as a matter of urgency in order to help halt the spread of COVID-19.

The letter, which is available here, explains the impossibility of adhering to social distancing and hygiene requirements on sites.  Urging that workers’ net take-home pay be protected in the event of closure, the union outlines what it considers to be essential works, including works relating to health and pharmaceutical facilities or similar connected with the current crisis, as well as works connected with the maintenance of essential utilities and emergency assistance to households.

Commenting, Unite Regional Officer for Construction Tom Fitzgerald said:

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