He instructed the No10 day by day coronavirus briefing: “Employers have a duty to keep employees safe in the workplace. That is absolutely enshrined in law. If somebody feels their workplace is not safe, they have to take that up with their employer. If they don’t feel they are getting any traction they absolutely should get in touch with the Health and Safety Executive or the local authority.”
Mr Sharma urged bosses to work with workers and unions to develop protected methods of reopening following the lockdown. He stated that he was struck by “the way people have looked out for each other” throughout the pandemic.
He added that the protection steering issued by his division and the extension to the furlough scheme introduced by the Chancellor had been in line with that public spirit.
And he went on: “To employers I say – use this help and steering to know you might be doing the proper factor and work together with your unions and staff to maintain one another protected.
“To staff I say – we’re looking for you, we wish you to really feel assured that you’re financially supported and returning to a protected office. “Because in this time, like no other, we all need to work together safely as we rebuild our economy.”
Mr Sharma instructed the briefing that care properties had been being supported by means of the disaster regardless of considerations from the sector.
He acknowledged “it is a difficult time for business” however the Government was offering help together with £8billion by means of the bounce-back mortgage scheme.
Another £6billion was coming by means of the coronavirus enterprise interruption mortgage scheme.
Mr Sharma added: “What we are doing in terms of supporting care homes is also ensuring that we get PPE to them. We are also making sure that we are able to provide testing – through mobile testing – to support staff and also those who are in the care homes.”
Mr Sharma additionally rejected the thought of a common fundamental revenue (UBI) sooner or later, regardless of help for the scheme in Scotland. In response to a query on the briefing he stated UBI was being examined in different nations however it “has not been taken forward”.