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The UK Will “Forever Be In Debt” To Workers Who Have Lost Their Lives
To Coronavirus Says TUC

  • Minute’s silence to be held at 11am on Tuesday for those who have died 
  • Tribute paid on International Workers’ Memorial Day 
  • Ministers must do more to protect those on the frontline, says union body 

The head of the TUC has today (Tuesday) said the UK will “forever be in debt” to the workers who lost their lives to coronavirus. Trade unionists around the country will observe a minute’s silence at 11am this morning to remember all workers who have died during the outbreak. 

The tribute is paid as unions around the world mark International Workers’ Memorial Day in memory of those who have died and been injured at work. 

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 

"We will be forever in debt to the workers who have died during this pandemic - whether they be nurses, doctors, care staff or other essential workers. They have lost their lives looking after our loved ones and keeping our country running. 

We remember those who have died and recommit to fight for the living. Every worker should be safe at work – during this pandemic, and always. 

The lack of protective equipment for frontline workers during this crisis is a grotesque failure by ministers. We demand a public inquiry into why government allowed workers to keep working without the right equipment to keep them safe. 

And before more workers are expected to return to work, we call on government to bring in tough new measures to guarantee safe workplaces and prosecute employers who put their workers at risk.” 

Source: TUC


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