- The TUC has released a set of recommendations to the government, whose announcement of a package to protect jobs and workers it deemed insufficient. The TUC’s proposals structure around 5 steps: (1) ensure that business support measures are conditional on support for jobs; (2) fix the sick pay system to provide better sick pay for all (see the initial call for a reform of the system amidst the Covid-19 crisis and call to sign on a petition to the government); (3) introduce targeted support for parents who need to take time out of work to care for kids; (4) provide more help to families – and a stimulus to the economy; (5) bring together a taskforce of unions and employers to help co-ordinate the national effort. The TUC’s report estimates the effects on workers and sectors. It underlines that the government support packages to businesses and the £330 billion of loan guarantees should be made conditional upon businesses setting out measures to protect jobs. The TUC calls on to establish ‘Jobs and Fair Wages Plans, agreed with recognised unions as a condition of access to government support , with further details to be agreed by the coronavirus Union and Business Taskforce’. It further demands steps to provide wage subsidies for short-time working and temporary layoffs. For working families, the TUC calls on for emergency measures including:
- Guaranteed paid parental leave for one primary carer for the duration of the school and nursery closures, with government reimbursement for employers.
- Protection from unfair treatment or dismissal for parents who take up this leave, no matter how long they’ve worked in their jobs.
Going forward, the TUC also calls for a stimulus to support household incomes (March 18).
- One of the UK’s teachers’ unions NASUWT issued a comprehensive guide to members regarding all aspects affecting professionals in this sector. Recommendations are provided on self-isolation, on income and social security coverage of supply teachers (agency workers), on short-and long term school closures, and mental health. (March 18)