One of many essential unions within the nation is asking employers to do extra to assist folks working from residence.
SIPTU say all employers, in each the personal and public sector, ought to take heed to the recommendation of the Nationwide Public Well being Emergency Staff (NPHET) for Covid-19, and be sure that wherever potential they facilitate staff to make money working from home.
SIPTU Public Administration and Group Division organiser, Adrian Kane, mentioned: “Nearly all of employers are proactive in helping staff to make money working from home – nevertheless, many SIPTU members, in private and non-private sectors, have been involved with the union in current days expressing concern that they’re being requested to report for work of their workplaces in circumstances the place working from residence might be facilitated.”
Mr Kane mentioned employers ought to put public well being first, and that means facilitating working from residence the place potential and preserving very important providers intact by making certain that security plans are reviewed in gentle of the brand new strains of the Covid-19 virus.
“There should even be a coherent method in figuring out the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine programme to important staff.
“Clearly, well being staff have to be the primary in line, however many different staff even have reputable causes to be categorised as ‘important staff’ and given precedence entry to the vaccine.
“They embrace staff in schooling, pharmaceutical manufacturing, meat and meals processing, native authorities, retail and transport.
“The federal government should have interaction with commerce unions to make sure that a coherent plan in relation to working from residence and the roll out of the vaccine programme is devised which all stakeholders should purchase into.”