Leicester mayor ignores warnings over garment factories


The mayor and labor advisers in Leicester were warned three months ago that the factories were operating in violation of Covid-19 rules but have failed to act, said a former minister.Conservative politicians wrote to council members in April to warn that some manufacturing premises appeared to operate in “closed premises”, endangering the health of workers, their families and the local population in general.

Baroness Verma, who was Minister of Development under David Cameron and president of the city’s conservative federation, said she was concerned that the factories were operating in violation of strict social distancing rules, which required workers stay two meters apart and wash their hands regularly.

The allegations emerged after Leicester became the first city in Britain to be returned to prison after public health officials expressed concern over a significant increase in Covid-19 cases.

Last week, a report from Labor Behind the Label, an apparel workers’ rights group, alleged that some suppliers operated factories without social distancing measures.

Workers at a garment factory in Leicester said The telegraph that, although their workplaces initially closed when the lockdown was announced, they were reopened without any social distancing or hygienic measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19.

They said that the factory doors were closed, perhaps to give the impression that they were not open. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed that it> in the city and has issued a formal improvement notice requiring that a company


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