Country craves clarity and a safe return to work, says UNISON

Government is making people bewildered, not reassured

Commenting on the government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy published today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Getting the UK working again, while stopping the spread of the virus, saving lives and keeping us all safe is paramount.

“Clarity, not confusion, is essential if this is to happen. But the danger is that people are now more bewildered than they are reassured. This is made worse now that England is out of step with the rest of the UK.

“The UK has got to get back to work and school, but it must be a safe return for workers and their families. Otherwise all the benefits of the lockdown will be squandered, and a second wave could prove too much for the NHS and other frontline services.

“Many people will now be trying to get their hands on masks to cover their faces on public transport and in supermarkets. The government must ensure surgical standard PPE supplies aren’t disrupted for the NHS and social care. And ministers must put in place a comprehensive test, track and trace strategy at the earliest opportunity.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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