Risks of a return to Parliament “setting a bad example to employers” – Chris Elmore MP

June 4, 2020

Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has expressed concern that the Tories’ abandonment of hybrid Parliamentary proceedings could disenfranchise swathes of the UK - as well as setting a bad example for employers who will demand their employees return without adequate systems in place for their protection.

 

MPs were recalled to Parliament on Tuesday 2nd June, despite concerns that Members who are older, who are shielding, or who have caring responsibilities may not be able to attend - effectively denying their constituents representation. There are also concerns that by unnecessarily abandoning remote working practices without properly ensuring the safety of MPs and Parliamentary staff, the UK Government is giving carte blanche to bad employers to do the same with their employees.

 

Chris Elmore MP said:

 

“This short-sighted and selfish decision by the Prime Minister risks the health of the thousands of people who work on the Parliamentary estate.  It also risks giving license to bad employers who won’t take reasonable measures to allow their staff to work from home if they are shielding or live with those who are.

 

“The Prime Minister should know by now just how much his actions and the actions of those around him can undermine critical public health messaging.  We should be setting an example in Parliament, not jeopardising the safety of employees so Boris Johnson can have more Tory MPs cheering for him at Prime Minister's Questions”.

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