The TUC has today (Wednesday) written to all Yorkshire & the Humber MPs to demand employers in their constituencies guarantee no lay offs and safe workplaces for their staff.
The union body says that MPs must call out bad employers in their constituency when they see it, and campaign to ensure workers are safe and can stay home with full pay where needed.
In the letter, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams ask MPs to speak out and demand that employers in their constituency guarantee no staff lay offs during the pandemic.
Commenting on the release of the letter, TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:
“We all want businesses to get through this crisis and keep people in their jobs. Employers have no excuse for laying workers off now that the government’s wage subsidy scheme is in place.
“Businesses can’t take a government bailout but leave their staff out of pocket.
“We are calling on all MPs in Yorkshire & the Humber to demand employers in their constituency do the right thing by their staff.
“Unions will hold bad bosses to account.”
Commenting on workplace closures, Bill Adams said:
“Business should not continue at the cost of safe working conditions.
“Employers and unions have a crucial role to play in stopping the spread of the virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives.
“Many employers are doing the right thing. But no-one going into work should have to endanger their own health and put their families and the wider community at risk. Those companies who refuse to follow the rules must face the threat of closure.”
Notes to editors:
- A copy of the letter is attached.
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
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