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Lockdown easing ‘must not let bad bosses put workers at risk’

23 Jun 2020
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Employer guidelines can’t just be theory, they need to be practical and enforceable says GMB Union

GMB, Britain’s general union, has responded to the easing of lockdown measures announced by the Government today.


John Phillips, GMB Acting General Secretary, said:

“Everyone wants to get back to normal as much as humanly possible but it has to be safe - we need quick and urgent progress on supplying everyone who needs it with PPE, testing and tracing if we’re going to avoid a second peak.

“Employers need clear guidelines about what is acceptable and safe - that can’t just be in theory, it needs to be practical and enforceable.

“We know many employers have modified ways of working and made every effort to keep workers safe and well, but that can’t be said for everyone.

“No working person should be put at risk by unscrupulous bosses cutting corners to save a few pounds.

“The entire plan needs to be joined up across every workplace, public transport, public services, our shops and open spaces.”

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