Commenting on Public Health England’s report published today (Tuesday) into disparities in the effects of Covid-19 upon different parts of society, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This reveals a complex picture in which race, age, deprivation, occupation, sex and underlying health have all played a part.
“But it’s clear those who often face the biggest challenges of inequality are being hit harder by this disease. And the report comes at a time when racial injustice is hitting the headlines around the globe.
“The government must do all it can to protect those people who are more at risk.
“It’s essential that all key workers are paid when they are ill or shielding others at risk of Covid-19. Then they wouldn’t have to make heart-breaking choices between their health and paying the bills.
“Employers must carry out risk assessments and take decisions on where key staff are deployed that reduce the unequal impact on Black communities and others who are affected most.”
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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