Last week, research showed that a million children of key workers live in poverty – the paltry 3% pay rise offered to NHS staff shows how little the government plans to do about it.
Deliveroo’s new partnership with Neighbourhood Watch offers riders training in how to spot crimes, to ‘keep communities safe’ – but the company’s treatment of its workers shows it couldn’t care less about community.
A recent survey of retail staff showed 9 in 10 faced abuse during Covid-19, often for attempting to ensure social distancing – as pubs and shops reopen, it’s time to treat the workers who run them with respect.
Covid-19 has seen plenty of empty rhetoric about ‘key workers,’ but unless the public sector is judged by its contribution to care and community little will change – and that means an end to the market ethos.
An estimated 3.5 million people in the UK are in council tax arrears – more than half of them as a result of the pandemic. It’s the latest Covid economic fallout that threatens to widen inequality.
As months of social isolation continue, retail staff are finding their jobs shifting from customer service to caring – a sign of depleted social infrastructure caused by ruthless cutbacks.