SIPTU members employed as cleaners by private contractors in public hospitals have welcomed the commitment by Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar, to reward their work on the frontline against Covid-19. Mr Varadkar said that the €1000 Covid bonus would be extended to agency workers such as cleaners in public hospitals contracted or seconded to the HSE during the pandemic, according to media reports today. SIPTU Services Division Organiser, Teresa Hannick, said: “Our members, who include low paid cleaning and other staff, who worked in public hospitals and other frontline settings during the pandemic and are employed by private companies should receive the same recognition as health care workers in the public service.  “We welcome the acknowledgment by the Tanáiste that the work of cleaners and other frontline staff who are employed by private companies in HSE settings should be rewarded for putting themselves at risk during the pandemic. Our members expect early delivery on this commitment.”