Working women have been found to experience far higher levels of redundancies during the Covid pandemic than in any previous recessions, according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Female redundancies in the UK hit 178,000 between September and November 2020, according to the TUC which is 76% higher than the peak reached during the 2007 financial crisis when female redundancy levels hit 100,000.
The Covid 19 pandemic has brought up many varied concerns in the workplace for employers and employees alike. In the area of health and safety at work the pandemic has caused many changes and brought about new considerations and concerns. A recent tribunal, Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Ltd., sheds light on the example of an employees' refusal to work on health and safety grounds, due to fear of contracting Covid 19.
A firm located in Bangor in Northern Ireland has secured a £20 million contract producing personal protective equipment (PPE) which has created 130 new jobs. The firm, Denroy, also manufactures specialist aerospace components. It will produce FFP3 masks for use by Health and Social Care employees in Northern Ireland. The single use FFP3 single-use masks were designed by the company’s aerospace engineers, it filters 99% of particles from the air, so also filtering the small respiratory droplets in which Covid 19 can be transmitted.
When G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meet in London this week they will discuss investing $15 billion in developing countries in the next two years. This development fund will help women access jobs and build resilient businesses to combat the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19.