Of course Covid is a serious workplace risk

10 February 2021

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has backed a call by Andy McDonald, the Shadow Employment Secretary, for Covid-19 to be classed as a 'serious risk' in the workplace to secure the safety of people at work in Britain.

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary, said: 'The government is trying to play down the dangers of the coronavirus, as it has done throughout this crisis. The UK has the highest covid death toll in the world, with more than 112,000 British citizens dead, and tens of thousands still suffering the effects of long Covid.

 

'Andy is absolutely right to call on the government to do the right thing to protect people in the workplace. The weasel words of the Business Minister, Paul Scully, in trying to explain why the government won’t categorise covid properly, reveals how morally and politically bankrupt – as well as inept – this government is.

 

'The only way to get Britain back to work is if people feel safe. Not by turning a Nelsonic blind eye to the real problems of the pandemic that the rest of us can see.'

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