Wales TUC calls for tougher enforcement of Covid workplace safety rules as nation remembers workers who have died during the pandemic

28 Apr 2021 12:13 PM

The Wales TUC is today (Wednesday) calling for tougher steps to be taken against bosses in Wales who continue to fall short of their legal obligations on Covid workplace safety.

The call comes as workers around the world prepare to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day in memory of those who have died or been injured or infected at work.

New data from research undertaken by YouGov on behalf of the Wales TUC shows that:

Wales TUC General Secretary, Shavanah Taj said:

“On International Workers’ Memorial Day, we remember those who have died, and pledge ourselves to fight for safe workplaces for everyone.

"We’ll forever be in the debt of the workers who died during this pandemic – nurses, carers, bus drivers and so many more.

“They lost their lives looking after our loved ones and keeping our country running in the hardest of times.

“We owe it to them to ensure that more is done to tackle employers that are still playing fast and loose with workers’ safety.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that over a year into this crisis most employers in Wales are still failing in their basic legal responsibilities to keep workers safe.

“If employers are not going to act then we need the bodies responsible for enforcing the law to hold them to account. 

“There can be no more excuses at this point. All employers should be talking to their workers and producing comprehensive workplace risk assessment and taking every step necessary to minimise risk.”

The national minute’s silence for those who have died

The Wales TUC is asking members of the public to observe a minute’s silence at midday.

Official figures show more than 11,000 working age people across the UK have died since the pandemic began.

Unions will lead the national minute’s silence at the Workers’ Memorial outside the Wales TUC’s offices in Cardiff.

Wales TUC General Secretary Shavanah Taj will be joined by Wales TUC President and GMB Regional Secretary for Wales and South West England, Ruth Brady, alongside representatives from other affiliated unions.

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