Staff urged to challenge bosses if public health measures aren’t taken

Staff going back to workplaces from today should challenge their bosses if public health precautions aren’t taken.

That’s the message from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as the next stage of the reopening kicks in this morning.

Updated guidelines set to run unto October 22nd oblige employers to make sure social distancing is being maintained at work — including team pods, staggered breaktimes, and a ban on handshakes.

ICTU General Secretary Patricia King says everyone has a duty to stay safe.

“The virus is still out there, and even if restrictions are lifted from public health advice, that does not mean that people should not be careful, that people should not risk their own safety.

“While you may have restrictions lifted, it does not mean that people should not take all the precautions they need to take in the particular circumstances they find themselves in.

“That should all be discussed with the employer.”


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