Further and deeper lockdowns inevitable across Scotland and the UK. Urgent plans now needed to support workers.

September 18th 2020

Further and deeper lockdowns inevitable across Scotland and the UK. Urgent plans now needed to support workers.

September 18th 2020

• Rise in infection rates to above 20; R number now above 1; and increase in proportion of positive cases identified in tests all point toward stricter measures in the immediate term and a potential reverse route map to full lockdown.

• Current Scottish Government estimates of the number of staff requiring additional furlough support will prove to be well short of the mark as new restrictions in sectors like hospitality are necessary

Emerging from the STUC’s latest meeting with Scottish Government, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“The central issue that we raised with the Government today was that we are once again at a critical moment. The loosening of restrictions has clearly led to a further spike in infections and the threat of a full-blown second wave is now there for all to see. A reverse route map to full lockdown seems increasingly certain.

“It is now obvious that government support to retain jobs through the Furlough scheme and other measures were designed in expectation of significantly reduced restrictions by October. That is now not going to take place. The case for extending support for jobs is now unanswerable.

“We are hearing from unions across a range of sectors from offshore oil and gas to hospitality that the end of the Furlough scheme in October will cause hundreds of thousands of redundancies. That must not be allowed to happen.

“If the Scottish Government is forced to introduce new lock-down measures over and above those in the UK, it will need a plan for introducing support for businesses and workers or to persuade the UK government to stump up.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, on 07891026870.

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