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Nash raises concerns about physical distancing on construction sites

24 March 2020

Statement by Ged Nash TD
Spokesperson on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

Labour Party Employment Affairs spokesperson, Ged Nash TD, has expressed deep concern that all construction sites are allowed to remain open during this public health crisis.

Deputy Nash said:

“I am extremely concerned that physical distancing cannot be properly implemented on construction sites around the country.

“Today Unite the Union and construction workers across the country have highlighted how physical distancing is not happening and basic items like soap or hand sanitiser are not available in some sites.

“The health and safety of construction workers and their families must be the paramount concern now.

“I understand that the Taoiseach when announcing new physical distancing guidelines today said construction sites can continue to operate but very little detail was given as to how physical distance can be maintained.

“This is unfair on construction workers who have no choice but to go into work and are not even afforded the opportunity of physical distancing.

“This puts them and their families at risk and is unacceptable.

“All construction sites barring those involving the health sector and other essential services should be closed now.

“Where sites are to remain open strict protocols should be established between government, unions, the CIF, the Health & Safety Authority and other relevant agencies to protect the welfare of workers.”