Retail workers need protection and respect

13 March 2020

Labour spokesperson on Employment and Social Protection, Ged Nash T.D, has said it’s important that retail workers at the coalface of ‘panic buying’ in shops and supermarkets are protected in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and are treated with respect.

Deputy Nash said:

“While this is obviously a very anxious and stressful time for everyone, it’s important to remember that retail workers in shops and supermarkets in particular are also dealing with the ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic and should be treated with respect by everyone. 

“As people rush to stock up on food and other items, with reports of long queues forming and unnecessary panic buying in places, workers themselves will have their own concerns about their health and family situations.

“Many working in the retail sector will have children and will also be impacted by the closures of childcare facilities and schools.

“I would call on employers to show understanding and flexibility in this regard and examine whether arrangements can be made to make sure a proper balance is struck between the requirement to be in work and the need to look after children. 

“Employers should also ensure that workers are protected as much as possible in stores and are adhering to the HSE protocols.

“People should also bear in mind that panic buying or stockpiling isn’t necessary and that supply chains aren’t being impacted by the pandemic.”



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