In light of reports that the UK Government is considering a massive push back to work campaign, the STUC is urging employers and workers in Scotland to follow Scottish Government guidelines.
Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary stated:
“If these reports are true, the UK’s government’s plan to drive people back into their offices are adding even more confusion to an already shambolic Coronavirus response. In Scotland, we have taken a different track and are still in Stage 3 of the route map out of lockdown. It’s highly dangerous for the UK Government to be pressuring workers who don’t have to be based there back into the workplace and it needs to be made clear to all Scottish workers that this is not in line with public health guidance here in Scotland.
“Many offices, particularly call centres, are potential Coronavirus hot beds. Employers and Governments should be ensuring that they’re doing everything they can to assist workers to work effectively from home, until we can be confident that the virus has been sufficiently suppressed. We also need to keep the pressure off our public transport systems as far as possible at this key time.
“We understand that working from home can have its own challenges for workers and there are economic impacts on city centres, but continuing this where viable is still one of the best things we can do to prevent an autumn/winter spike in Coronavirus cases. Nothing could be more damaging for our economy than a second lockdown, which is why we must continue to show caution and restraint in the business of reopening our economy.
“The UK Government should be standing firmly in agreement with the Scottish Government that if you can work from home, you should work from home.”