Employers forcing workers back to the workplace – unions raise safety concerns

New TUC polling reveals that nearly 1 in 10 (9%) staff have been put under pressure by bosses to return to the workplace – a number that rises to over 1 in 6 (17 %) for disabled workers. This is contrary to current government guidance – and the TUC says it is “the tip of the iceberg” of employers ignoring their health and safety responsibilities.

Meanwhile, as the British Medical Association (BMA) has welcomed the delayed re-opening of the economy, the Unite union has called on the government to retain the rules on mask-wearing and reduced capacity on public transport after 19 July, when the UK’s remaining restrictions are likely to end. The union stresses that it is essential that the existing rules are properly enforced and says that bus drivers are reporting increasing non-compliance with the rules.

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