TUC: Government Cuts Will Affect Health, Safety & Sickness
18 February 2011
The TUC has stated that the way to reduce the number of people on long term sick leave is to prevent them from becoming sick in the first place.
But they suggest that the cuts in the budgets of the Health and Safety Executive, and the fall in enforcement activity from local authority safety inspectors will mean more employers can get away with running unsafe and unhealthy workplaces.
The TUC are concerned over the review in sickness pay saying that "You do not get workers back to work by cutting their access to benefits or pay. You get them back by providing access to early rehabilitation and supporting those who have been ill for a long time by giving them the confidence to return."
For more on this article see Government review of sickness absence must not cut sick pay