No Going Back Until It's Safe

The UK has the highest per capita death rate from Covid 19 in the world. 

 

Our workplaces are not safe. Our public transport system is not safe. Our children cannot go to school.

We are workers who are making a stand. We are saying loud and clear: We refuse to go back until it is safe

 Make a stand with us. 

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What does this pledge mean for me?

  • Other pledgers have got your back - we pledge to take action to support you

  • You've got other pledgers back - giving others confidence and growing our act of refusal

  • We - The Workforce Movement - will be in contact with all the refusers meaning we can crowd fund and provide legal support for anyone who needs it

What are my rights?

The law protects any worker who refuses to work because they reasonably felt being at work posed a serious and imminent danger to themselves or others which could not be reasonably averted. This could be a danger to your physical or mental health.

What does the law actually say?

Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) protects the employee (from day one of employment) from any ‘detriment’:

d) in circumstances of danger which the employee reasonably believed to be serious and imminent and which he could not reasonably have been expected to avert, he left (or proposed to leave) or (while the danger persisted) refused to return to his place of work or any dangerous part of his place of work, or

e) in circumstances of danger which the employee reasonably believed to be serious and imminent, he took (or proposed to take) appropriate steps to protect himself or other persons from the danger.

How do I refuse to go to work?

There are lots of ways you might argue not to go into work. You might be able to work from home (and if you can your employer should enable you to!). Or you might have to look after your children while the school is closed. Or you might just call in sick!

But if you cannot argue things that way, you should tell your employer you are refusing to work under the above law and demand to see a "risk assesment" that shows there is no danger. Make sure you have signed the pledge so we can keep in contact and help to mobilise support!

Why do you ask for my mobile/location/employer/occupation/union?

If we need to defend each other, we need to be able to connect you with other pledgers in your same area, employer or occupation and the quickest way to do that might be via text message. All of the info you give us will be processed securely in accordance with the GDPR but you do not have to answer these questions if you do not want to.