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Factsheet for measure IE-2020-12/1770 – measures in Ireland
|Country||Ireland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 15 March 2020|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Roisin Farelly (IRN Publishing) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 February 2021 (updated 08 February 2021)|
A number of manufacturing companies have paid additional remuneration to those employees who needed to remain on site during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The companies, identified by specialist publication IRN news, are mainly based in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector but also include a food and drinks manufacturer.
IRN reported that the following companies paid bonuses to production staff present on site during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, the decision to make a payment was made by the US-based parent company, as an appreciation for the role played by frontline workers engaged in the production of essential goods during the crisis.
Workers in essential services
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
|C11 Manufacture of beverages|
|C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Manufacturing companies pay bonus to employees working onsite, measure IE-2020-12/1770 (measures in Ireland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/IE-2020-12_1770.html
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