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Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections

Novel coronavirus Covid-19, photo NIAID/CC

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You can't believe a word that Johnson says is true. In his drive to end lockdown, the prime minister has reassuringly told anxious workers that construction sites, manufacturing workplaces and food outlets will all be "Covid-compliant.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be enforcing that, and we will have spot inspections to make sure that businesses are keeping their employees safe."

However, according to the HSE, it has "paused all proactive inspections at this time to reduce any risk posed to our own staff and the public." So there you have it! Companies will not be checked, but instead will 'self-police'.

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In The Socialist 20 May 2020:


What we think

Confidence plummets in Tory strategy for Covid-19


Resist school reopening

Staff and parents fight 'back to school' plans


Make transport safe

Transport workers & passengers mustn't pay the price


Socialist Party news and analysis

Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts

Contract tracer speaks out: Tories' plan is outsourced chaos

Crisis in council services: Labour must fight or stand aside

Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces

Safe protests against Tory corona chaos continue

Johnson claims workplaces safe but HSE cancels inspections


Workplace news and analysis

Postal workers' action results in double victory for union

Trade unionists organise to fight for workplace safety in big NSSN meeting

Posties walk out in Peterborough after manager tests positive

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism


Readers' opinion

The Jungle: capitalism's remorseless attack on workers' safety and conditions

Going viral: letters to the editors

Obituary: Rob Crabb


International socialist news and analysis

Trump, coronavirus, capitalism, and the presidential race


 

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