Low Paid Means Low Priority
It’s official – it’s the low paid who are dying most from Covid-19, according to new ONS figures released yesterday. Low-skilled jobs – security guards, bus drivers, chefs, retail workers, and people working in social care – have all been heaviest hit and once again, it’s the working poor who suffer.
According to ONS figures: Men working as Security guards had one of the highest death rates with 45.7 deaths per 100,000.
This comes just after Boris Johnson said people who work in construction and manufacturing, mainly low paid, should return to work.
John Phillips, Acting General Secretary of the GMB union said: “These figures are horrifying. If you are low paid you are more likely to die. Ministers must pause any return to work until proper guidelines are in place to keep people safe.”
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Posted: 12th May 2020