Corona Virus: STUC Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Wednesday's Budget.

March 9th 2020

Corona Virus: STUC Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Wednesday's Budget.

March 9th 2020

Ahead of Wednesday’s Budget, the STUC has written to the Chancellor (letter attached) calling for a range of measures to ensure fair treatment of all workers and to ensure that there are fewer disincentives to adhering to safety advice.

STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:

“We have written to the Chancellor today highlighting a range of employer actions which are required to ensure people are treated fairly. The government must also act now to increase statutory sick, remove the earnings threshold and provide for emergency payments for workers not entitled to claim”

Measures proposed by the STUC include:

• Put clear fair work conditions around all support to business that is offered.

• Raise the level of statutory sick-pay to the equivalent of the national living wage and remove the earnings threshold.

• Require sick pay to be paid based on workers normal working hours, supporting workers on zero hours contracts.

• Provide crisis funding that can be paid directly to workers who face financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19.

• Provide additional funding to support public health, NHS and social care services to deal with the crisis.

• Ensure that Universal Credit rules do not undermine public health objectives.

ENDS

For more information, please contact Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, on 07891026870 or Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer, on 07974966227.

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