STUC calls on Scottish Government to resist panicked response to Johnson’s sprint towards ending lockdown
- Criticises Scottish Tories for failure to prioritise worker and community safety
- Warns Scottish Government that negotiated guidance should precede cascaded announcements on easing lockdown
STUC General Secretary Designate Rozanne Foyer says:
“We are now entering a crucial period. We need a managed easing of lock-down which listens to and learns from the experiences and concerns of workers as a wider return to work begins. What we don’t need is a panicked response to economic downturn which would endanger public health, risk a sharp second spike in infections and cause far more long-term economic damage. We will be urgently raising with Government the importance of negotiating or renegotiating guidance for easing lockdown before cascading announcements on the re-opening of businesses and schools.
“We remain heartened that the First Minister will continue to listen to the scientific advice on social distancing and hope that all parties of the Parliament will reject the cynical attempts by the Tories to leverage decisions by Boris Johnson against the course agreed by the Scottish Parliament. The lives of workers and of the general public are at stake and that should be the priority of every elected representative who purports to represent them.
“Many workers are keen to return to work, but that does not mean they are not also worried about how that return is organised. We now urge every employer making plans to re-open over the coming weeks to provide clarity and security for their workers, to fully consult with unions and where a union is not present to contact the STUC so that we can provide the support they and their workers need.”