Friday, 14 January 2021
UCD STUDENTS' UNION CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PAY STUDENT NURSES
Ruairí Power, Welfare Officer, UCD Students' Union said;
'UCD Students' Union stands in full support with students on placement in the healthcare system during the coronavirus outbreak. A €100 stipend is entirely inadequate and will fail utterly to properly compensate nursing, midwifery and radiography students on placement for the valuable and dangerous work they undertake.
At present, many students have had to move out of home while working in high-risk settings in order to avoid infecting vulnerable family members. Part-time work that many students would have ordinarily relied upon to meet their expenses is no longer available. The cost of going on placement and the risks associated have never been higher. Covid-19 has shone a light on what has always been a fundamentally unjust situation. The underpaid and unappreciated work undergone by students is an unacceptable form of labour casualisation that the INMO have rightly taken issue with. Students should not be used to plug staffing deficiencies in our public health system without being given proper compensation and treated with a basic level of respect.
The complete absence of political leadership demonstrated by Government to support student frontline workers has been stark. UCD Students' Union does not accept this prescribed bursary as a credible solution to address the core of this issue and call on Minister Stephen Donnelly and the Government to step up to the plate and respond with the level of urgency and seriousness that these students deserve and to pay them a proper wage.'