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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