Category Archives: Covid-19

Huge rise in number of people claiming benefits......

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK soared to 2.1 million in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.

The total in April jumped by 856,500, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Before the lockdown began, employment had hit a record high.

The benefit claimant count does not include everyone who is out of work, since not all can claim assistance, but it does indicate the trend.

In another indication of the bleak employment landscape, the number of job vacancies fell by nearly a quarter to 637,000 in the three months to April.

Meanwhile, claims for universal credit – the benefit for working-age people in the UK – hit a record monthly level in the early weeks of lockdown.  Click here to read more.

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Nursing staff still under pressure to work without PPE and gowns......

More than a third of nursing staff (34%) say they’re still under pressure to care for patients with possible or confirmed COVID-19 without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).  Click here to read more.

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Coronavirus: Tube drivers sent home after raising safety concerns over lockdown easing......

At least 30 Tube drivers were sent home from work on Monday after they expressed concerns about safety of themselves and their passengers, a trade union has said, as more people return to work after the coronavirus lockdown begins to ease in England.  Click here to read more.

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Photo taken outside Whipps Cross Hospital......

photo courtesy of Mick Holder

 

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Labour to plan green economic rescue from coronavirus crisis......

Labour is drawing up ambitious proposals to rescue the post-coronavirus economy with a radical green recovery plan focused on helping young people who lose their jobs by retraining them in green industries.

Seeking to seize the initiative on the country’s future direction once the pandemic abates, Ed Miliband, the shadow business secretary, has called for the plans to include creating a “zero-carbon army of young people” doing work such as planting trees, insulating buildings and working on green technologies.  Click here to read more.

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Thousands of doctors have ‘little or no confidence’ in the NHS’ ability to provide safe patient care......

Thousands of doctors have told a BMA survey they have no confidence in being able to manage patient demand in the coming weeks and that caring for those with Covid-19 has severely impacted the treatment and care available for other patients.

More than ten thousand doctors took part in the survey over two thirds said they had either little or no confidence that the expected demand could be properly managed.

Over 50 percent said the care for patients without Covid-19 already suffering with the situation in their hospital Trust, GP practice or local NHS was getting worse.  Click here to read more.

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Tracing is ‘every country’s top requirement’, says WHO envoy......

Trace and isolate is “the most important requirement right now in every country” to tackle COVID-19, warned David Nabarro, coronavirus special envoy to the World Health Organization.  Click here to read more.

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Unions tell staff ‘not to engage’ with plan for 1 June school openings......

UK government proposals, including class sizes of 15, branded unfeasible by unions.  Click here to read more.

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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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