SEASONAL WORKERS FEAR SUMMER OF UNEMPLOYMENT SAYS FF SENATOR

19 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher said he has written to the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty to highlight the growing fears of many seasonal workers who face long-term unemployment due to a decrease in tourism.  
“I have been contacted by some small business owners who are fearful with a downturn in tourism due to the Coronavirus they will not in a position to rehire their seasonal workers for the summer and autumn months,” Senator Gallagher stated.
  “There is a huge number of young people who now will not have jobs to take up due to the decrease in tourists visiting our well-known holiday destinations. A negative consequence yet to manifest in full from the global pandemic will be the major blow to the tourist destinations across the island who will see incomes significantly reduced this year.
  “I believe the Minister should strongly consider their unique circumstances as they face prolonged periods on social welfare payments should they not be able to source alternative jobs in their area. 
  “The Coronavirus has an impact on every facet of society. Seasonal workers are no different and the Government should acknowledge that as we slowly move toward the next phase in the battle against the virus.”

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