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Owen Reidy

Owen Reidy

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Owen Reidy

The Stormont Executive's roadmap to lifting lockdown restrictions fails to give Northern Ireland workers "sufficient clarity" about the future, a union leader has said.

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) assistant general secretary Owen Reidy said the paper "is a missed opportunity".

He said: "While we welcome the fact that the Executive is seeking to operate actual devolution and to have a more independent approach to the chaotic approach of the UK Government, the fact remains that the number of people being tested is way too low. As of May 10, only 33,440 people have been tested. That's less than half of the number of healthcare workers working today in NI.

"Unless we get expansive, mass community testing with adequate tracing and appropriate isolation, we will not adequately address this pandemic."

He added: "The fact that there are no dates associated with the stages, and that different sectors can move at different phases, does not bring adequate clarity to workers, either.

"Just like businesses, workers will need clarity and notice when returning to work."

Belfast Telegraph