STUC responds to First Minister’s Announcement on home working following Omicron spike

December 10th 2021

STUC responds to First Minister’s Announcement on home working following Omicron spike

December 10th 2021

STUC calls on the Scottish Government to lift the burden of Omicron safety from workers’ shoulders. Employers must take immediate responsibility and the Scottish Government should legislate imminently if they won’t. UK government must reinstate furlough now.

STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“It all fine and well for the First Minister to appeal to workers to work from home if they can and to say that employers should facilitate this, but she needs to be more direct. Too often we have seen employers refusing such requests and many workers are now worried about asking.

“Once again workers are being called on make judgments on whether to work from home even where they know their employer will not be sympathetic. That’s an invidious position they should not be placed in.

The First Minister needs to instruct employers to comply and withdraw all government support from any companies that fail to do so.

“We will be contacting the Government to press for a more direct position including immediate consideration of using legal powers to force companies to comply.”