The health service management has been accused of “messing up” the expression of gratitude towards workers by making proposals to limit the payment of the €1,000 Covid bonus.
hair of the National United Nations Council on Confederations of HSE Employees Tony Fitzpatrick said they strongly agree with the view that the HSE is not faithful to what has been announced by the Government.
Unions asked for attribution bonuses to be extended to more workers at meetings with the HSE earlier this week after the agency tabled draft eligibility terms.
The bonus will be paid at the end of this month.
The proposals put forward by the HSE and the Department of Health mean that people who have spent 55 weeks or more in an environment exposed to Covid will receive a full tax-free €1,000 payment.
Those who stay in such an environment for less time will receive a lower amount, €800, €600, €400, or
€200 depending on the timeframe.
“We have had eight wasted weeks since Taoiseach and the Minister of Health announced a €1,000 bonus for healthcare workers,” said Mr. Fitzpatrick.
“The National Joint Council has told HSE that the proposal in the current format is unacceptable and cannot be implemented.
“The unions are of the opinion that the HSE is not faithful to what has been announced by the Government.
“Our frontline workers have enjoyed success during a time of national health crisis.
“HSE and the Department of Health seem intent on creating a mess to show the gratitude of our healthcare workers.”
Under the draft proposals, employees would have to work more than 60pc of their full-time hours to qualify for the payments.
Those who work less will get 60pc of the stated amounts.
The proposals would limit pay to employees who worked between March 1, 2020 and June 30 of last year.
Unions are protesting against plans to require workers to apply for payment and want it to be paid automatically.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health said: consultation with the health industry union together with the HSE.
She said the consultation was part of HSE’s department and goal to finalize the equitable adoption of the measure.
“After concluding consultations with trade unions, the HSE will publish the full details of the registration process, frequently asked questions and other details.
“It is intended that payments will be made this month,” she added. She said the measure is extended to comparable healthcare workers in private nursing homes and hospitals, and arrangements for this area are underway by the department.
The tax-free recognition payment of €1,000 was announced on January 19 of this year. A single holiday this Friday to recognize the efforts of the public, volunteers and workers and to remember those who lost their lives, and a new holiday St Brigid’s Day has come to an end. published at the same time.
“Although no amount can truly reflect the dedication of frontline healthcare workers, the Government believes that at this time it is important to provide a one-time €1,000 tax-free payment to All qualified medical and ambulance services are eligible. workers, in recognition of their efforts,” Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said at the time.
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