But as the country enters a new phase in its coronovirus response and cases settle at an alarming rate, the political back-to-back is entering a new arena: the lounges, bedrooms and studies of millions of British workers.
“The economy needs to get people back to work,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Rab told the BBC this week.
The tone is even louder in most British media. “Ghost town is Britain to get back to work and Boris Johnson must lead the way,” read a newspaper column by Caroline Fairbairn, head of the Confederation of British Industry.
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy Officer at TUC, Shelky Askith, Congress of UK Labor Unions, describes the national discussion of returning to work as a flawed sport.
“There has been a concerted effort from parts of the media that a lot of people who are working from home are not really working,” he told CNN Business. “And there is a lack of understanding of how hard people are working in lockdown.”
“Some of the rhetoric that has been made in recent times is atrocious,” said Phil Taylor, who is researching homework experiences for employment institution rights, noting that “gross negligence diverts attention” to many Government in months
“Stakes at stake here,” Taylor told CNN Business. “If people don’t want to go back to office, they shouldn’t be blamed for it.”
‘This is incredibly irresponsible’
Despite weeks of government ministers’ efforts, a commercial’s response to cleaning detergents last week may best express the complexities of returning to the UK office.
A widely banned advertisement for cleaning agent Dettol All about the office in London’s underground network went viral for its wayward list of “little things we like” – such as “carrying a handbag,” “taking a lift” and “accidentally replying — all.”
Historian Alex von Tunzelmann thanked me for repeating the views of many online commentators, with Dettol thanking me for working from home forever.
“If anything it just serves as a reminder of why they want to keep working from home,” Askith said.
“Where activists are in relatively close proximity to each other, there are chances that these infections will occur,” Taylor said, citing numerous cases of call centers across the country, only to close a spike in infections. for.
Taylor’s research “makes absolutely clear that people were identifying serious problems with the work environment,” he said. “The occupational density of existing office locations is such that it is nearly impossible to maintain effective social distance.”
CNN told Business that the economy is a concern, while homeworking has left local, residential high streets, city centers nearly desolate compared to last year, said Mike Cherry, national president of the Small Business Association. High street food and coffee chains have been particularly vulnerable to the epidemic since the epidemic hit.
A change in the way Brits work
The epidemic has ushered in a new era of homeworking, which many workers simply do not want to leave – and this is a major problem for the government.
Paul Bernal said, “One of the things that has happened as a result of this lockdown is that people have found that they have places where they can work easily and with little deviation – and the advantages of working from home Too. ” The Mail front page on the issue went viral last week.
“More people have assumed that I expected and expected the government,” he told CNN Business.
Bernal is now one of countless activists at odds with the government’s message, and looks forward to more flexible arrangements in the future.
He contested any suggestion that productivity be affected. He said, “I’ve created a lot of hell while I’m locked up – probably more than ever.”
“It seems very hypocritical for the government and the media that they want people to take risks for the benefit of other people and not for themselves,” he said. “The suggestion is that somehow we are being selfish by choosing to work from home, and we should sacrifice ourselves for the greater good – but what’s good here?
“Achieving a good work-life balance is actually more good.”
The feeling is certain for the authorities that they want to bring people back to the cities and towns on a daily basis.
Those new ways of thinking about work have hardly been discussed in Britain – but for many labor unions and workers, it was time.
And as tensions between the two camps increase, it seems increasingly less likely that spending five days a week in office would be ideal in the United Kingdom anytime. “The time has come for a change in the way people work,” said Taylor of the Institute of Employment Rights.