This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
UNIONS called new plans to end compulsory face coverings “premature” today after Boris Johnson announced a lifting of all Plan B restrictions.
The Prime Minister said that the omicron wave appeared to have peaked, and announced an end to mandatory Covid passes and the wearing of masks.
There would also be an end to work from home guidance and care home restrictions.
People who test positive for Covid will still have to isolate but the PM hoped there will “soon be a time” when this is not required.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Face coverings have been proven to reduce the spread of Covid.
“Making them optional on public transport and in shops at this stage in the pandemic is premature and will put workers at risk.”
Ms O’Grady urged employers to work with staff and unions to “carry out proper risk assessments and improve ventilation.”
She added: “The government is asking people to return to workplaces but is offering them little or no financial support if they become ill.
“Sick pay must be raised to at least the rate of the real living wage and available to all.”
Education unions also expressed their concerns over the lifting of the restrictions.
National Education Union joint general secretary Dr Mary Bousted worried there was a danger of lifting restrictions in schools too quickly.
She said: “We are concerned to see what the rate of Covid-related absence is when figures are released next week.
“The danger is that we lift restrictions too quickly before the effects of returning to school are clear.
“This will result in more education disruption, which is extremely worrying — particularly for pupils taking national exams this year.”
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes backed a call from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that face coverings should remain compulsory on Transport for London services.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.