A major union is calling for free antigen tests and high quality masks for workers in the retail, hospitality and the licensed trade industries as a matter of urgency.

The Mandate Trade Union has written to all major retail employers and to the Minister for Health calling for the provision to be implemented.

The Union highlights government guidelines for close contacts and isolation periods have changed recently, which they argue puts more workers at risk of contracting the virus.

Jonathan Hogan, Mandate Assistant General Secretary, told Midwest News that the government and employers have a dual responsibility to protect staff to the greatest extent possible.

 

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