Unite backs Scottish Government stance on non-essential work

Pat Rafferty

UNITE Scotland has revealed it supports the Scottish Government’s continued stance for non-essential businesses to remain closed in the fight against Covid-19.

The union said workers shouldn’t be under pressure to return to work, even if the position differs in England.

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary said, “While there is rightly an ongoing debate regarding re-opening the Scottish economy, and we must be planning for this eventuality, it should not come until the scientific and medical advice is clear that it is safe to do so.

“If people can work from home then they should and if they can’t then they should be furloughed under the UK Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.”