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Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement that all Plan B restrictions will be lifted from next week, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“We need a safe return to workplaces. 

“Employers must consult with staff and unions on working arrangements - including flexible working options. 

“And bosses must carry out proper risk assessments and improve ventilation.” 

On the decision to end compulsory face coverings in shops and on public transport, Frances added:  

“Face coverings have been proven to reduce the spread of Covid.  

“Making them optional on public transport and in shops at this stage in the pandemic is premature and will put workers at risk.” 

On the failure to take action on sick pay, Frances added: 

“Ministers must fix our broken sick pay system once and for all.  

“The government is asking people to return to their workplaces but is offering them little or no financial support if they become ill. 

“Sick pay must be raised to at least the rate of the real Living Wage and available to all.” 

Editors note

- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together the 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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