Bosses must maintain the highest health and safety standards and find ways other than Christmas parties to thank workers
Responding to the first day in the COVID vaccination roll out and the removal of multiple local authorities from Level 4, the STUC has called on workers not to drop their guard and for employers to stick to health and safety rules.
STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“It’s enormously welcome news that the vaccination roll out has begun and that infection rates have reduced sufficiently to allow some areas to escape Level 4. However, it has never been more important that due precautions are taken both in the workplace and in the public realm. Today in Parliament, the First Minister told us that there has been at least one significant workplace outbreak and this causes us continuing concern.
“Taken in conjunction with a potential further relaxation at Christmas, there is a risk that some individuals may drop their guard or that employers take their eye off the ball in obeying health and safety guidance. It is particularly vital that employers are clear that normal Christmas work parties cannot take place. Workers should be given the day off instead wherever possible.”
Foyer also called for the new business support to be clearly targeted at protecting jobs, in particular for those workers not covered by Furlough or earning less than the National Minimum Wage.
For more information, please contact Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer, on 07974966227 or Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, on 07891026870.