PUP to be cut for part-time workers who earned under €200 per week
Pandemic unemployment payment will now be paid at two levels for part-time workers, dependent on their earnings before Covid-19
9 June 2020 | 0
The government’s pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) scheme has now been extended to 10 August 2020, past the initial expiry date of 9 June.
Under the extended scheme, part-time workers who had earned less than €200 per week before Covid-19, will see the PUP reduced from €350 per week to €203, in line with the Jobseeker’s Allowance.
RGDATA had previously highlighted independent retailers’ concerns that the payment for part-time workers was acting as a disincentive to work.
The CSNA had also represented its members’ concerns in this regard. In April, CSNA CEO Vincent Jennings reported to RTÉ News and other media outlets that a number of CSNA members were finding it difficult to keep workers, particularly part-time ones.
The organisation said staff members had quit because they were better off receiving the flat rate €350 Covid payment. In an interview with Newstalk Breakfast, Jennings commented that: “There are hundreds of employers who cannot get part-time staff so full-time workers are being asked to work longer hours.”
The issue was acknowledged by Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, in her explanation of the new split-level PUP payments.
“One of the issues identified with the pandemic unemployment payment is that a minority of recipients who previously only worked a small number of hours received significantly more in the pandemic unemployment payment than while in employment,” Minister Doherty said.