Independent Clare T.D. Michael McNamara has requested the Government to include seasonal workers in the tourism sector in the new Covid-19 unemployment payment scheme. Speaking in the Dáil, hesaid, 'tens of thousands of seasonal workers, who lost their jobs before they were about to start them, have found themselves without an income.'
'Hundreds if not thousands of these workers are employed in hotels, restaurants and pubs around County Clare during the peak tourism season, with many ending up on social welfare during the off-peak season. Under the terms of the COVID-19 payment scheme, any of these workers who had not resumed employment in the sector by February 29th have not qualified for the unemployment payment. This is particularly unfair considering many workers were due to resume their employment during late March or early April when the tourist season begins'.