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From: The Socialist issue 1087, 20 May 2020: Rich get handouts - workers get pay cuts

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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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The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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