Congress response to €6.3bn package of financial measures

Congress notes the package of financial measures announced by the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

This €6.5bn allocation must be seen as a positive development provided it is deployed to protect jobs and to create sustainable, quality employment.

Commenting on the announcement, Patricia King, General Secretary, ITCU said: “Congress welcomes any measures which are designed to offset the consequences of COVID-19 once funds are used to create decent jobs with decent terms and conditions of employment.

Congress will be insisting any applicants for State aid treat employees fairly, respect health and safety legislation and have due regard for industrial relations norms.

The emphasis on social  solidarity must be extended beyond the COVID-19 crisis and the interests of workers will not be sidelined. There can be no shortcuts in respect of employment rights or the welfare of workers.”

Congress Communications Office: Conor Kavanagh, 086 811 6607