Britain’s trade union body has slammed the government’s draft guidelines for getting employees back to work during the coronavirus crisis.
Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has written to business secretary Alok Sharma, warning that the plan will put people’s health at risk and cannot be supported in their current form.
The letter, seen by the Guardian newspaper, states, “Working people need to see that the government is genuinely committed to protecting their health and safety.
“At present, this guidance fails to provide clear direction to those employers who want to act responsibly and is an open goal to the worst of employers who want to return to business at usual, which will put their workforce at risk …
“We want to be able to recommend the government’s approach to safe working to our members and the wider workforce.
“As it stands, we cannot.”