Unite: We have an H&S army
Unite GS says reps could 'play a key role' in Covid-19 fight
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey appeared on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme on later on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire show, giving Unite’s reactions to the prime minister’s confusing Covid Alert Plans.
He believes proper health and safety in returning to work was paramount – and told Victoria Derbyshire, “We have an army, tens of thousands of experienced health and safety representatives who can play a key role.”
McCluskey’s comments were received warmly by Unite members. Here’s a few from Twitter:
“A structured response today Len on your appearance on BBC news, if only our PM could have had such a structured response to lockdown”
“I agree with Len about the new guidelines. We should have made them an INSTRUCTION and not just a suggestion. That might stop the Mike Ashley’s and his mates from the work the way I want or get sacked syndrome.”
“One message for blue collar workers such as those in construction and manufacturing. Another for white collar workers. The government is negligent.”
“[My workplace] is going to need them [h&s reps]. Can’t see how they can operate production lines when there are so many people working at the same time…”
“I 100 per cent agree with Len McCluskey.”
“I mean Imagine union leaders and first ministers plus opposition leaders all were included in the govt’s plan to ease lockdown safely and move forward with consensus . Then we would look like a country who is responsible and mature and in charge . Unfortunately ……..
By UNITElive team