The current coronavirus crisis is putting workers at risk, both financially and in terms of their health and wellbeing. We need to do all we can to protect ourselves in this crisis. Below we have set out the areas of employment law that we feel are most relevant. In doing so, we hope it will help workers to get organised enabling them to defend themselves and stay safe during the pandemic.
We should stress that, by themselves, employment laws offer little protection. Rather than relying on employment laws, we should use them as an aid to organising and as a means of putting pressure on management.
This information has been put together by workplace activists rather than lawyers. The aim is to promote workers’ organisation and self-defence in the current circumstances. In the meanwhile, SolFed remains active in our workplaces and supporting other struggles. We are available through our usual communication channels. Get in touch and let’s share experiences and resources. Defend yourself!
Workers Furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme
Last update: 7th of May
Last update: 8th of April
Self-employment Income Support Scheme
Last update: 20th of April
If you need time off to care for someone
If you have a relative who is ill or your children’s school is closed, for example, your employer should give you time off. But your employer is not forced to pay you unless your contract requires it.
However, you can request to be furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme (see above).
General rights at work:
For further information:
Full rights at work guide elaborated by Manchester-SolFed
United Voices of the World guide on Section 44 and the COVID-19
Article for care workers elaborated by Brighton-SolFed
Article on the Personal Protection Equipment by Manchester-SolFed