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Thread #167690   Message #4054150
Posted By: DMcG
21-May-20 - 08:47 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK thread, Politics and political
Subject: RE: BS: UK thread, Politics and political
Dyson staff refuse to return to work

I have been having this 'disagreement' elsewhere about confusion in the government's message, and it is interesting that good old Rees-Mogg seems to having the same issue as Dyson.

Part of the government advice is stay at home if you can work from home, and only go to work if you can't work from home.

"If you can't" is suitably ambiguous there. In Rees-Mogg's Parliamentary interpretation, it is essentially, "if your boss permits you." The ability to work remotely, even at a somewhat reduced efficiency, is not enough to say you can work from home. He, and Dyson, and indeed the Government's approach on schools, would like it to be essentially the employer's decision. And oddly enough the employees are not universally happy about that.

I was particularly struck that part of Rees-Mogg's justification that the Houses of Parliament were Covid-Secure was that there would be additional cleaning. But that, of course, essentially transfers the risk of infection from the MPs to the cleaners. What is being done, I wonder, to make sure the site is Covid-Secure for the cleaners? Dare I guess the answer is "Not really thought about it ... they can wear gloves, what more do you want?"