We believe that local government workers, and those in the third and private sectors, delivering services must be protected in terms of their health both physical and mental. To date this is not being done anywhere near effectively enough.
We are on the brink of the peak of the pandemic and still there exist major concerns over social distancing, personal protective equipment, the definition of who is a key worker and the availability of testing for those workers in local authorities and those providing services on behalf of them, particularly in the home care sector.
The trade unions appreciate that this is an unprecedented time but the flimsy and inconsistent guidance that is currently being issued by local authorities is putting lives at risk. We need a national response and this must come from the first minister’s lead to ensure that the advice is clear, consistent and comprehensive.