Government must crack down on non-essential companies making staff attend work, says TUC

25 Mar 2020 05:51 PM

The TUC has today (Wednesday) called on government to intervene to stop companies forcing those in non-essential services to go work.

There have been widespread reports of companies insisting that staff come to work despite the government’s instruction that no one should leave home unless absolutely necessary.

The TUC is calling on the government

This is a necessary step to protect workers in the NHS and other key services, and to control the spread of coronavirus, according to the union federation.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

“Companies like Sports Direct shouldn’t be putting their profits before people’s lives. No one in non-essential services should be forced to go to work. And no one should be sacked for following official instructions and staying home.

“To end any confusion, government should provide specific instruction on what jobs fall into the essential services category.

“And if companies continue to flout the rules, they shouldn’t just be held accountable in the court of public opinion. Government must intervene to make them close their doors.”

The TUC is also calling on government and employers to ensure that workers in essential services have the personal protective equipment they need. Employers should also do all they can to allow social distancing, including where possible:

Notes to Editors: 

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