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Macron announces coronavirus bonus for France’s homecare workers

Issued on: 04/08/2020 – 15:16Modified: 04/08/2020 – 15:18

France's 320,000 homecare workers will be granted Covid-19 bonuses under a €160 million package unveiled by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

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"These men and women were the forgotten ones of the Covid bonus", Macron said in the southern city of Toulon on Tuesday, referring to bonuses previously awarded to healthcare workers on the front line of the pandemic.

Speaking before an audience of homecare workers, the president said the sum would allow those professionals "to have the €1,000 bonus that the others received".

Macron said the French state would put up €80 million and local governments the other half of the package.

The announcement comes two months after the government issued decrees enacting exceptional bonuses of €1,000 to €1,500 for hospital staff and nursing home workers.

Last month, unions signed up to a deal giving over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers, with the government admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus pandRead More – Source