The TUC has published its submission to the Covid-19 public inquiry consultation on its terms of reference.
Unions welcome the commitment from the chair of the inquiry Baroness Hallett to consultation and transparency. And they welcome the commitment to examine the unequal impacts on different sectors of the population, such as BME and disabled workers.
However, the TUC says that the Prime Minister’s draft terms of reference should be expanded to fully cover the experiences of workers in the pandemic – especially those who remained in workplaces throughout lockdowns.
These workers faced greater risks and unions are concerned that many of them were impacted by a lack of adequate PPE, lax workplace safety, and inadequate enforcement.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
"Everyone must be heard for real lessons to be learned. So we encourage the inquiry to listen directly to working people and their unions. We stand ready to work with Baroness Hallett and her team.”
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