TUC calls for emergency coronavirus taskforce with unions and business
The TUC has today (Monday) called on the government to set up an emergency taskforce to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
The TUC says ministers should urgently pull together unions, employers and government agencies to come up with a plan for minimising the economic and health impacts of the virus.
The union body says the taskforce’s main priorities should be:
The TUC points to the recent example of the Carillion taskforce, established by the government, employers and unions in 2018 following the collapse of the outsourcing company.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“We urgently need a national task force to deal with coronavirus. This requires a joint approach.
“Getting unions, employers and government agencies around the table will help contain the damage to the public health and our economy.
“Ministers must do all they can to protect public services, workers and businesses.”
- Currently, nearly 2 million of the lowest-paid workers don’t earn enough to qualify for statutory sick pay. According to TUC analysis this includes:
To address the issue the TUC is calling for government to introduce an emergency support package for workers affected by the virus, including:
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