SIPTU has said that the €1,000 pandemic recognition payment has been paid to hundreds of its members working as contract cleaners in hospitals.
Last week, contract cleaning and security workers, who are members of SIPTU, staged protests in Limerick, Dublin and Galway calling on the Government to honour its commitment in respect of the payment.
In January 2022, the Government announced that frontline public sector healthcare workers would receive a €1,000 bonus to recognise their unique role during the pandemic. "Following the successful day of action by our members in Dublin, Limerick and Galway we have received confirmation that the Pandemic Special Recognition Payment has been paid to the workers involved," said SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Teresa Hannick. "We will continue our campaign of actions across the country until every contract services worker in the health sector, who worked through the pandemic, gets what they are entitled to," Ms Hannick said.
A spokesperson for the Health Service Executive (HSE) said that the process of making payments to various employers is ongoing. "This includes certain requests such as clarifications to ensure the eligibility of staff, in line with the Government decision," the HSE said. "We must be mindful that the funding provided is done so correctly," the spokesperson added.