Commenting on the Government’s draft proposals, Regional Secretary of the TUC South West, Nigel Costley warns the proposals are far from ready.
“Working people need to see that the government is genuinely committed to protecting their safety. At present, this guidance fails to provide clear direction to employers who want to act responsibly, and is an open goal to the worst of employers desperate to return to business as usual at the risk of the health and safety of their workforce.”
“Unions who have seen sight of the current proposals are right to be concerned.
“We want to be able to recommend the government’s approach to safe working and help get the country back on its feet. But as it stands, we cannot support the proposals until the health of workers is prioritised and the government can guarantee everyone will be safe at work.”
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TUC’s General Secretary Frances O’Grady sent a letter yesterday (Sunday 3 May) to Business Secretary Alok Sharma expressing concerns over the proposals, including that the current draft “appears to disregard the TUC’s suggestions entirely”, despite regular engagement between the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the TUC.
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