Some Filipino nurses who have been affected by the global economic crisis could only hope that Ireland’s economy would improve to regain the benefits removed from them.
ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau correspondent Roderick Garcia reported that some of the nurses are now relying on their agencies for employment after they could no longer find work at Ireland’s public hospitals.
Also, Ireland’s government reportedly slashed a portion of the 1,000 euro child benefit and deducts tax from the monthly child allowance.
"Nabawasan kami dahil sa mga levies. At first 1 percent lang. Pangalawa, after three months naging 2 percent na. Yung overtime namin affected na din. Wala nang overtime," said nurse Gladys Brenan, nurse.
The government also plans to adjust the age limit of those qualified to receive child benefit from 16-years-old to 5-years-old.
Meanwhile, other nurses got lucky as the crisis paved the way for them to become permanent employees.
“Maswerte kami dahil napunta kami dito sa pinakamalaking ospital dito sa Ireland sa St. James Hospital at saka halos lahat na-permanent position,” said nurse Irene Sinoc.
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