6th April 2020
Last week, the CSO published the Live Register data, showing 513,350 people in receipt of some form of welfare support. An estimated 492,000 workers in Ireland may lose thier jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic alone. Approximately one in five of all employed. The worst affected sectors are retail, hospitality, recreation, non-essential manufacturing and construction sectors. Many of these jobs are defined by instances of low-pay and precarity. Short-term income supports are welcome as we get through this crisis, however long-term measures are required to sustain these sectors.