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Union working with government on return to work

06 May 2020

THE UNITE Union has said it is working closely with the government and other trade unions to ensure that workers are adequately protected when the lockdown from coronavirus is lifted.

The Union has said talks are at an early stage but it's three main objectives are to ensure workers' safety, income and job security. Unite Union general secretary Len McCluskey said: "I want to assure you that your union is at the table with governments across the UK and Ireland, and with our sister unions, on talks over what a safe and effective back to work programme looks like. Just as they have throughout this crisis, three principles will guide us through these talks and govern the judgements your officials make on your behalf: your safety; your income; and your job security.

"We recognise that the task before the governments is an enormous one and that the right calls have to be made to avoid further death and ill health and to avert a deep recession. We are therefore committed to contributing fully to the back to work discussions, ensuring that ministers and employers hear your voice at the table.  

"We are in the very early stages of discussion, with much progress yet to be made before your union can be confident that the plans to re-open the economy put you, your safety and your communities first."