Daily Archives: 12/05/2020

Can I refuse to work because of coronavirus? We explain your rights......

What are your rights if you refuse to work because of safety concerns over coronavirus at your workplace?

Last night, the prime minister encouraged workers who can’t work from home and who don’t work in industries that are closed down to return to work.

This announcement took unions and employers by surprise – and it poses a serious threat to workers’ safety. 

So what are workers’ rights to refuse to work if they are worried?

Above all: all workers have a right to be safe at work, wherever they work and whatever they do. Coronavirus does not change this. Click here to read more.

 

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Coronavirus: Classes should have only 15 pupils and drop off times staggered, new government guidance says......

Classes sizes should be limited to 15 children, desks and pupils kept two metres apart, and drop-off and pick-up times staggered when primary schools return, new government guidance says.  Click here to read more.

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Factory behind India gas leak operated illegally until 2019......

Company that owns factory admitted it did not have valid environmental clearance  Click here to read more.

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Minorities are being put at greater risk......

Ursla Hawthorne, co-chair of Waltham Forest Stand Up To Racism, on how the pandemic is taking a toll on ethnic minorities

We need action to stop racial scapegoating during this pandemic.

Covid-19 has brought into sharp relief all that is unjust and unequal here and in the wider world. Images of frontline workers who have died tell a story of Britain that many in power have consistently denied. The truth is that the functioning of our society is dependent on the skills, commitment and hard work of migrants.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases and risks more pandemics, experts warn......

Industrial animal farming has caused most new infectious diseases in humans in the past decade – and risks starting new pandemics as animal markets have done, experts are warning.

Experts from both the UN and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have pinpointed animals or food of animal origin as a starting point for emerging diseases, such as Covid-19, which has killed more than 270,000 people worldwide.  Click here to read more.

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Universal basic income improves well-being and encourages work, study finds......

Those paid the income did better on jobs and mental health than control group in two-year study.  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Underlying health conditions don’t explain higher BAME deaths, say scientists......

Major study underlines impact of coronavirus on ethnic minority groups and deprived communities.  Click here to read more.

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