I know that lots of people will not feel safe returning to work today as the government starts to ease the lockdown.
No worker should have their life or the lives of their loved ones risked simply by going to work. This was true before the coronavirus crisis and should not be cast aside now.
Employers must make sure that they are implementing social distancing and strict hygiene to keep their staff safe from coronavirus.
And the government must put strict rules in place to ensure that all employers are keeping their staff safe, implement a public information campaign to inform workers of their rights, and properly fund the Health and Safety Executive to ensure that these rights are enforced. Without this, workers cannot have faith in the government’s plans.
If you are being asked to work in an unsafe environment, I can help. You can tell me about any problems at work anonymously via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also report any concerns to the Health and Safety Executive by telephone on 0300 790 6787. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 10pm.
I’d also urge every worker to join a trade union to make sure they have strong representation in their workplace both during and after this pandemic. You can find the right trade union for you and become a union member here.