Thursday 13 August 2020 / 10:44 AM Andy McDonald / Workers' Rights

Government’s record on workplace safety was poor even before the pandemic – Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald MP, Labour’s Shadow Employment Rights Secretary, responding to an Institute for Public Policy Research report on physical injury and illness at work, said:

“The Government’s record on workplace safety was poor even before the pandemic, with injuries on the rise, and the past few months have exposed how a decade of cuts to enforcement and weak workers’ rights have left British workers with inadequate protection. The findings of this report are shocking if not surprising.

“The Government must ensure there are adequate resources and powers for enforcement and to strengthen the rights of workers and trade unions to prevent tragic injuries and illnesses both during the pandemic and in the long-term.”