'Essential' work confusion

Union calls for clarity as plumbing firm stays open

McAlpine Plumbing requested its 700 employees turn up for ‘essential’ work

A union is demanding the Scottish and UK Governments give ‘crystal clear’ advice to employers and workers after 700 workers at a plumbing business were asked to turn up for work as normal.

The workers are spread across a number of McAlpine Plumbing facilities in Coatbridge, Hillington, Johnstone, North Cardonald and Thornliebank.

They remain open despite the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stating yesterday that workplaces including construction linked operations should close with immediate effect.

Unite has been informed that many of the workers are having to use public transport in order to comply with the employer’s request as it is categorising its workers as “essential”.

Unite has also repeatedly warned Government over the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and that workers are often only inches away from each other during a time when individuals are meant to be maintaining social distancing and strict hygiene measures. 

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