Tuesday, May 05, 2020

TUC asks for caution

Draft guidance for getting people back to work during the coronavirus pandemic could compromise worker safety, Frances O'Grady, the head of the TUC has warned. She said it cannot back the advice in its "current form". There were "huge gaps" over protective kit and testing.

O'Grady said the Trades Union Congress had seen some of the documents on Sunday. She said workers' safety must not be compromised and called for "robust direction and enforcement" so employers can "do the right thing" and action can be taken against those who do not.
She told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "The problem is the government is asking us to trust to employer discretion, use words like 'consider social distancing', 'consider having hand sanitiser or soap available', and frankly that's just not good enough."
Asked whether the government's current advice will compromise worker safety, Ms O'Grady said No 10 has time to "get this right" and it should work with unions to ensure "a proper job" and "not a botched job".

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