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Workers 'must be looked after' if Northern Ireland's Covid restrictions are extended, insists union boss

Union boss claims many hospitality staff are refusing to self-isolate as they can't afford to

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All quiet: People walking along an empty Royal Avenue in Belfast

All quiet: People walking along an empty Royal Avenue in Belfast

All quiet: People walking along an empty Royal Avenue in Belfast

More must be done for Northern Ireland's lowest paid workers if the current restrictions are going to be extended, a union leader has warned.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions assistant general secretary Owen Reidy was speaking ahead of the Executive's deliberations on whether to lift them on Friday.

He said that as 80% of hospitality workers earn less than the living wage, their furlough pay will take many of them under the national minimum wage.


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