TUC launches petition calling on parents not to lose jobs and pay when their children’s school closes

The TUC has launched a petition calling on the government to bring in emergency time-limited measures to make sure parents don’t lose jobs and pay when their children’s school or nursery has to close.

The TUC says: “We support measures to reduce the spread and impact of coronavirus, but no-one should be out of pocket, or even worse out of a job, for doing the right thing.

When schools and nurseries close for most children, loads of parents will be unable to work because they’ll have to look after their kids. But current parental or dependants’ leave arrangements are too short and in any case mean going without pay – something most people simply can’t afford.

If we want people to follow government health advice, the government has to support parents. And they need to act fast to deal with this emergency. That means:

* Keeping everyone on full pay, if their kids’ school or childcare closes.
* Reimbursing employers – just like they do for maternity pay.
* No-one should be treated unfairly or lose their job because they need to look after their kids.

Let’s support workers in getting us through this epidemic, and make sure no-one loses their job or is pushed into hardship because their kids’ school closes.

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