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Laid off factory workers must get timely access to social welfare support - John Brady TD

17 September, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Government to ensure that factory workers being laid off due to the ongoing beef crisis have access to advice and assistance in applying for Supplementary Welfare Allowance.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:

“Factory workers are not the cause of the ongoing dispute between farmers and processors and nobody, including protesting farmers want to see factory workers being laid off.

“In any industry, temporary layoffs create huge uncertainty for workers – they have no idea how long they will be out of work for and how long they will be without an income. This is a hugely worrying time for workers.

“I would advise any worker who has been laid off to contact their local social welfare office to seek advice. The application form for Supplementary Welfare Allowance is available to download online or alternatively they can be picked up in the local office.

“We must ensure that workers do not suffer financially because of layoffs. They have bills to pay and families to support.

“Our social protection can be complex to navigate. The Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection must make every effort to ensure that workers who are laid off because of the ongoing beef crisis are supported during this time of uncertainty and loss of earnings.

“In areas where there are widespread layoffs as we have seen in Cahir this morning the Minister should be directing the local office to host a meeting with workers in order to ensure that they are fully informed and supported.”

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