Swift action needed to avert critical supply chain disruption
Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has said that the introduction of shortened isolation periods for critical workers is urgently required given emerging staff shortages across several essential industries.
Existing isolation protocols, along with capacity constraints on PCR testing facilities and complexity around booster availability, means that many organisations are facing significant staffing challenges in the week ahead.
Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “Businesses across Ireland are entering 2022 with great uncertainty but are supportive of the short-term public health crisis measures. However, increasingly many businesses in critical supply chains are experiencing staffing shortages induced by the ‘pingdemic’ effect of close contact guidelines. The well documented delays in access to PCR tests and booster availability for younger age cohorts across the country are further adding to these staffing challenges.
“Government must urgently engage in a practical, ongoing review of self-isolation protocols and restricted movement requirements for close contacts. Failure to act swiftly will result in unnecessary disruption to manufacturing and retailing activities providing essential supply of goods and services across society.
“It is crucial now to avoid adding a short-term economic crisis to the public health crisis.”