Britain’s largest unions are threatening today to tell millions of members not to return to work unless the government introduces policies to ensure safe workplaces.
Union leaders such as Unite, Unison and the general wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking him to guarantee that “good policies and practices are in place to secure workplaces” amid the pandemic of coronavirus.
The letter, published today in The Observer, and which is supported by other unions, including municipalities, boilermakers (GMB) and the Union of Shopkeepers, Distributors and Allied Workers (USDAW), urges also the government to increase funding for the enforcement of laws on health and safety in the workplace.
He intervenes when Mr. Johnson is expected to announce today a slow relaxation of lockouts following the coronavirus epidemic, which has so far killed more than 31,000 people in the UK.
Union leaders such as Unite (Secretary General Len McCluskey in the photo on the left), Unison (Secretary General Dave Prentis in the photo on the right) and the General wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking him to guarantee that good policies and practices are in place to secure workplaces in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter, published in The Observer today, is supported by other unions, including Municipal, Boilermakers (GMB) (Secretary General Tim Roache in photo) and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW).
Boris Johnson is expected to announce a slow relaxation of the coronavirus outbreak today
Today, the government is expected to abandon its order to “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.” Pictured: a graph showing the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the UK
PM expected to drop ‘stay at home, protect NHS, save lives’ order in next phase of crisis in televised speech tonight at 7 p.m. to reopen part of economy.
Government to modify lockdown rules today as it warns 100,000 dead if policies are wrong
Boris Johnson faces moment of truth in coronavirus crisis today as he prepares to change draconian locking rules – amid warnings, 100,000 Britons could die by the end of the year s ‘he was wrong.
In very timid first steps toward easing the brakes on the economy, the Prime Minister will use the nation’s television address at 7:00 pm to drop the “Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” cover.
Instead, people will be asked to “stay alert, control the virus and save lives,” and a five-step DefCon-style alert system will be introduced to define the state of the epidemic in the country.
As the evidence increasingly suggests that the virus is much less easily spread outdoors, the once-a-day limit for outdoor exercise will be removed.
The focus will be on setting up businesses, with detailed advice for businesses on how they should operate, and garden centers authorized to open from Wednesday with social distancing measures.
Buyers may be asked to wear face covers, as has already happened in Scotland.
Violations of the more nuanced rules could be punished by more severe fines.
Plans are underway to use “peer pressure” to get people to isolate themselves, as those who are positive will be asked to contact anyone they may have infected.
This is due to the fact that the government’s Scientific Advisory Panel for Emergencies (SAGE) has received warnings that there could be 100,000 deaths by the end of the year if the measures are relaxed too far and too quickly.
But unions say a significant number of their members have died while doing essential work during the pandemic.
And they warned that members must be properly protected at work as the country emerges from isolation.
In the letter to The Observer, they wrote, “After years of cutbacks, the government must increase funding for proactive monitoring and the enforcement of health and safety rules.
“And we need a public information campaign so that rogue bosses are punished.
“The labor movement wants to be able to recommend government return to work plans.
“But to do that, we need to make sure the ministers have listened and that we stay safe and also save lives at work. “
The warning comes as transport union leaders also threatened to derail government plans to lift the country out of the lockdown.
Yesterday, secretary general of the Union of Railways, Shipping and Transport (RMT), Mick Cash, warned that the union would not “compromise” the health and safety of its members.
He said: “There is a head start to lift the lockdown on our transportation services for May 18 and it is fraught with danger for passengers and staff.
“Maintaining the government’s own guidelines on social distancing would mean a huge logistical and personnel contribution to manage passenger flows on trains and it is imperative that all personnel involved in this process be properly protected.
“RMT will not compromise on the health, safety and livelihoods of our members and we will not accept anything that does not prioritize the safety of staff and passengers.
“If that means advising our members not to work in unsafe conditions and in violation of the government’s own guidelines, that is exactly what we will do. “
Unions have also threatened to block government plans to reopen schools, which have been closed to the majority of students except the children of key workers, since March.
Yesterday, secretary general of the Union of Railways, Shipping and Transport (RMT), Mick Cash, warned that the union would not “compromise” the health and safety of its members. Pictured: London Underground passengers earlier this month
The ministers would target a gradual return to schools in June, with elementary school students expected to return first, followed by grades 10 and 12 in secondary schools.
Unions threaten to derail gradual return of schools until demands are met
Union leaders have threatened to derail plans to gradually return schools in June.
The ministers want to start sending the children back to school in a few weeks.
But the unions said they would not accept a return until their demands were met.
They understand that a “test and trace” system is fully operational so that all new cases of coronavirus can be immediately located and isolated.
Other requests include additional funds for deep cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) and local authorities to close schools if groups of Covid-19 infections occur in a particular area.
The unions sent a joint statement to education secretary Gavin Williamson on Friday from organizations such as the NAHT principals’ union and the National Education Union (NEU).
Published by the Congress of Trade Unions (TUC), it called for “clear published scientific evidence that trends in Covid-19 transmission will not be affected by the reopening phase and that schools can also reopen safely” .
But union leaders have sent the government a list of key measures they believe must be followed before students in England can safely return to their offices.
It includes additional funds for deep cleaning and personal protective equipment (PPE) and local authorities to close schools if clusters of Covid-19 infections occur in a particular area.
The joint statement was sent to education secretary Gavin Williamson on Friday by bodies such as the NAHT principals’ union and the National Education Union (NEU).
The tests that school staff unions said were “essential” to be in place before the students returned did not include any increase in the number of students until the full deployment of a national test and traceability program.
Later today, the government is expected to start breaking the country out of the lockdown it imposed in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The government should drop the message “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” and replace it with “stay alert, control the virus and save lives”.
This comes after Johnson and other cabinet officials approved a less aggressive strategy to get the country out of the lockdown on Wednesday, on the grounds that the country’s infection rate is still too high.
The actual figure is around 14,000 people a day, while the government’s target is around 4,000, according to a report in the Sunday Times.
Policies such as allowing more than one household to mix again and reopening schools for more students have been postponed for several weeks.
Meanwhile, the government’s Scientific Emergency Advisory Group (SAGE) has received warnings that there could be 100,000 deaths by the end of 2020 if the measures are relaxed too far and too quickly.
Mr. Johnson (pictured here talking to a member of the public in St James’ Park) and other cabinet members have reportedly approved a less aggressive strategy to get the country out of the lockdown on Wednesday, based on the fact that the rate country’s infection is still too high
Government Should Drop Its “Stay Home, Protect The NHS, Save Lives” Message And Replace It With “Stay Alert, Control The Virus And Save Lives”
The government should launch a five-level alert system, administered by a Joint Biosafety Center, to monitor the risk of viruses across the country and encourage public support for the new measures.
Researchers at the London School of Tropical Hygiene, Imperial College London and beyond, have modeled a number of different approaches for breaking the lock “to assess which were viable and which were not. weren’t, “a source told The Times.
Greggs reopens stores to customers
Greggs now sells coffee, pastries and cakes to store customers.
The Newcastle baker has reopened a number of undisclosed stores in the Tyneside area.
The gradual reopening process followed a series of tests, with staff testing work practices while remaining closed to customers.
A Greggs spokesperson said, “We are initially conducting in-camera shop trials to test the effectiveness of our new operational security measures.
CEO Roger Whiteside posted a statement on the company’s website, saying the trials were in line with government Covid-19 guidelines.
He said: “These trials are conducted on a number of channels, including delivery via Just Eat, Click + Collect and walk-in customers.
“The safety of colleagues and customers continues to be at the center of the decisions we make as we begin to reopen our stores.”
Fast food outlets Burger King, KFC and Five Guys have resumed delivery to select stores, while McDonalds remains closed across the UK.
As part of the changes, Johnson will also announce a five-level alert system, administered by a Joint Biosafety Center, to monitor the risk of viruses across the country and encourage public support for the new measures.
The alerts range from level one (green) to level five (red), with Britain currently at level four.
Johnson is expected to announce that England is about to descend to level three of its level four ranking, a sign that there is no significant increase in the Covid-19 infection rate.
The filing system will be administered by a Joint Biosafety Center, which will be responsible for detecting local Covid-19 peaks so that ministers can increase restrictions if necessary to help reduce infection rates.
Although the government has decided to lift the country out of isolation, many have expressed concerns.
A poll for the Sun on Sunday found that 90% of Britons oppose the lifting of restrictions this week.
Meanwhile, Andy Burnham, Labor Mayor of Greater Manchester, tweeted that “it seems to me like a mistake to drop the clear message of staying at home.
Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communications Workers Union, said, “The messages from this government throughout this crisis have been a total joke, but their new slogan takes it to a new level. Stay alert? It’s a deadly virus, not a zebra crossing.
However, the new message from the Bruges Group think tank was welcomed. He tweeted, “The government’s new slogan is good.
“Green replaces red for a calmer feeling. “Stay Alert” replaces “Stay Home” and emphasizes individual responsibility.
“Control the virus” is a positive message. It is in our power to achieve it.