Commenting on today’s (Monday) easing of restrictions, Nigel Costley, TUC regional secretary for the South West said:
“As we reopen the economy, we must not drop our guard on workplace safety.
“If workplaces aren’t covid-secure, coronavirus cases could spiral out of control again. Let’s not forget that a significant number of working people have yet to receive their first vaccination.
“Vaccinations are also no substitute for comprehensive health and safety measures to make workplaces safe.
“Ministers must tell the Health and Safety Executive to crack down on bad bosses who play fast and loose with workers’ safety.
“It’s a national scandal that not a single employer has been prosecuted and fined for putting workers and the public at risk.
“And the government needs to wake up to the fact that a lack of decent sick pay undermines a safe return to workplaces. Ministers must raise statutory sick pay to the level of the Real Living Wage, and make sure that every single worker can get it.”
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