Pay All Workers Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Regardless of Age in Ireland

Pay All Workers Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment Regardless of Age in Ireland

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Covid Payment Age Discrimination Ireland started this petition to Regina Doherty TD Minister of Employment and Social Protection

It is extremely unfair that this emergency payment doesn't take into account anyone under the age of 18 or over 66 years old, who up until this Country effectively went on lockdown, had been working and paying their taxes. I'm actually astounded that not one person in our Government even considered all of the employees or self-employed who fall into this bracket. It is very unrealistic, to put this emergency situation unemployment payment, under all the rules of normal jobseeker benefit criteria, when this is a crisis we are all in, there is nothing normal about this. How does our Government except these people to survive? When they were all clearly earning a living of a weekly wage etc...up until they were told they could not work anymore because they are not critical workers. How will they pay their bills and living expenses, with that income now gone? It is Ageist to leave a whole group of people, who up until a week ago were supporting themselves, out of receiving any payment at all during this national emergency just because of their age. If they have been working and paying their taxes, shouldn't they receive the same support from our Government like every other worker has? Why does their age even come into it? The Government weren't concerned with their age when they were taking their taxes off them. I know there are many people out there who are under 18 and over 66 and beyond, who relied heavily on their income to live from day to day, who feel abandoned, forgotten about, concerned and stressed about how they will survive with the loss of their usual income. This is unnecessary added stress and pressure to them during these already worrying and scary times. I'm calling on us all to gather together as a unit and make our Government see how unfair they are being, to not offer any assistance to so many people who have been made unemployed by this pandemic. In my opinion the only way to get them to listen is by the power of the people. Please sign the petition to show your support to these vulnerable people.

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