I asked the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Paul Scully, about safe working practices for employees returning to work as the Coronavirus lockdown measures are lifted. I’m really concerned that the Government’s guidance on safety for employers isn’t strong enough and therefore puts workers at risk.
The Minister’s suggestion that workers who aren’t happy with safety arrangements should complain to their Local Authority or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is hopeless, the resources simply aren’t there to deal with complaints. According to TUC analysis workplace inspections by the HSE have fallen by 70% and prosecutions by 82% over the past ten years. During the last decade of Conservative Government our local authorities have had their funding slashed, with Liverpool receiving 40% less money and Knowsley 45% less. That’s even before the Government cut our funding to tackle COVID!
This Government’s attitude isn’t good enough I’ll continue to do all I can to speak up for the safety of local workers in Parliament.
You can read the full debate about workplace safety here.