Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech about the next phase of lockdown, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community said:
“Unfortunately, there are now far more questions than answers with mixed messages and a lack of guidance about who should be returning to work, how and when. So many workers will have concerns – from working parents to those who can’t get to work without using public transport to those who simply don’t know if their workplace will be opening tomorrow.
“Above all, the priority must be a safe return to work as workplaces begin to re-open and lockdown is eased. The government must bring forward revised guidelines for employers that ensure workers are safe. These guidelines must be consulted on and agreed with trade unions.
“The government also needs to continue to support businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus crisis. The Job Retention Scheme must evolve and change so that jobs and skills are retained as the economy recovers.
“Too many workers will be left confused as to what happens now so we will be working to get our members’ answers over the coming days. Meanwhile, we will continue to support our members who have continued to work through the lockdown. The months ahead will not be easy but we will continue to do all we can to protect our members’ safety and their livelihoods.
“Now’s the time to join a union.”
Community represents workers across the UK economy from manufacturing to financial services, charities to logistics, justice services to the self-employed.