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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/28/media-blitz-to-get-workers-back-to-offices-amid-pandemic

"Push to get staff back to offices amid warning of UK's 'ghost towns'

Labour criticises ‘unconscionable’ plans as ministers would warn employees vulnerable to being sacked

Workers will be encouraged to return to the office as part of a major media campaign to be launched by the government next week.

The television and newspaper messages will promote the government’s aim to reduce the number of employees working from home amid fears that town and city centres are becoming ghost areas as workers stay away.

A report in the Telegraph said the campaign would push the emotional and mental health benefits of mixing with colleagues but also said that ministers would warn that those working from home could be more vulnerable to being sacked.

Labour has criticised the plans as being “unconscionable” while the CBI said any return to work push should involve a “hybrid” approach that did not force people to return."

 

 

Here we are again with the Tories wanting us all to go back to the ofice to save Pret.  This whole thing is a total nonsense and shows us how out of touch the current government is.  This isn't 1850.  When was it societies responsibility to keep zombie businesses and non jobs alive? 

I actually think the current 'Conservative' govenment has lost touch with reality..........a 'Conservative' government who is turning more communist than anything Corbyn could have produced.

They will now resort to threats of being sacked to try and get people to spend hours commuting every day and buying crappy sandwiches from Pret.  Totally hilarious, as they were the ones who told us all to 'Stay At Home to Save The NHS' in the first place.

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Move the business to where the workers are, move the offices to the people.....the rents will be much lower, more profit for the shops and drinkeries and eateries and firms........more people staying local most of the week is good for local communities, and the kids will see more of their parents, because their parents will have more time for them and less time spent commuting....win,win,win.;)

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They shouldn't have run a propaganda campaign overstating COVID-19 risks to the working age population by >100x. We all know Sweden was the only liberal democracy to get the balance right and now ever other country is trying to converge on what they did all along. The thing is - when you have >6 months of government manufactured hysteria you can't just flip a switch and go back to the way things were. 

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2 minutes ago, hotblack42 said:

I doubt they give a monkeys about Pret.  This is all about commercial landlords.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cityam.com/construction-on-22-bishopsgate-stops-due-to-coronavirus/amp/

Started just as the last financial disaster kicked off.  Almost finished this spring.

"A virus you say..?"

Hubris

And the great thing about it is that they're never going to get back to 100% of use before lockdown. The city, and elsewhere, are just going to have to accept change. Of course residential is not an option because that lowers house prices, but they'll have to think of something.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Social Justice League said:

the CBI said any return to work push should involve a “hybrid” approach that did not force people to return."

 

This will happen. My employer won't want to rent 3x their current office space (keep apart!) and they don't want thir people dying (bad for business). We can WFH perfectly well right now and my expectation is that we will start to go back a few weeks after the vaccines are given to everybody.

This time next year then probably?

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Grant Shapps talking rubbish on Sky News just now about how "there is a limit to how much you can do with zoom".

Pure lies.  Why do they want to go back to hours of commuting, polution and a very real threat of massive infection in all those office blocks.  I think they are completely mad.

I hope everyone does go back and then we see a massive second wave.  Schools and Offices will fuel this imo.

 

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oh no our trains are 3/4 empty and no one`s buying a over priced coffee and a stale role to eat and no more drinks after work. 

please come back pretty please it`s safe i promise you. 

you can keep your non jobs until housing costs are inline to local pay for the area the pleb is required to work in namely 4x pay in a 3 mile proximity of the job. 

furlough forever. 

 

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Moving daily to and from large towns and cities for work that can be done just as effectively at home is to encourage the spread of any viruses especially contagious and possibly life threatening pandemic viruses......we are asking people not to travel to certain countries and to quarantine, why are we encouraging people to travel in crowded public transport with people from all over the world, to work in offices being around others that may or may not be infectious and take it home with us?......doesn't add up.;)

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10 minutes ago, winkie said:

Moving daily to and from large towns and cities for work that can be done just as effectively at home is to encourage the spread of any viruses especially contagious and possibly life threatening pandemic viruses......we are asking people not to travel to certain countries and to quarantine, why are we encouraging people to travel in crowded public transport with people from all over the world, to work in offices being around others that may or may not be infectious and take it home with us?......doesn't add up.;)

all these eton educated w@nk stains had to do was furlough the entire travel industry from the start of year and none of this virus could have got here in the first place. too easy huh ??

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13 minutes ago, longgone said:

all these eton educated w@nk stains had to do was furlough the entire travel industry from the start of year and none of this virus could have got here in the first place. too easy huh ??

Too ideologically obsessed with open borders and international travel. 

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8 minutes ago, longgone said:

all these eton educated w@nk stains had to do was furlough the entire travel industry from the start of year and none of this virus could have got here in the first place. too easy huh ??

3-5 weeks is all it should take to eradicate C-19; with short local interventions to mop up any further outbreaks.

If poor Third World Vietnam can do it, why can't we?

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1 minute ago, zugzwang said:

3-5 weeks is all it should take to eradicate C-19; with short local interventions to mop up any further outbreaks.

If poor Third World Vietnam can do it, why can't we?

just stop it getting here in the first place much better. why furlough all industries when you could just target the most important one to begin with. 

do you leave an infected computer on the network and try to fix it or remove it from the network then fix it ?

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43 minutes ago, Social Justice League said:

Grant Shapps talking rubbish on Sky News just now about how "there is a limit to how much you can do with zoom".

Pure lies.  Why do they want to go back to hours of commuting, polution and a very real threat of massive infection in all those office blocks.  I think they are completely mad.

I hope everyone does go back and then we see a massive second wave.  Schools and Offices will fuel this imo.

 

Why is it any of Grant Shapps' business how privately owned companies organise their workforce?

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11 minutes ago, qejunkie said:

Too ideologically obsessed with open borders and international travel. 

comes down to good old money,  damage one industry to save the others or just let it roll and see what happens. it would be nice to have someone in power with backbone and actually was concerned. 

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8 minutes ago, zugzwang said:

Why is it any of Grant Shapps' business how privately owned companies organise their workforce?

That's a rhetorical question, right?

It's because the Tories are shitting themselves that people not getting up at 6am in the rain and cold, shoving themselves onto a packed train (or road), with other sniffling angry commuters, consuming space in their corporate landlord donor buddies buildings and eating sandwiches for lunches might dent their economic figures and boomer house prices in the cities.

Funny how they don't seem to care about the wellbeing of their own countrymen when it comes to this but they're happy to keep pursuing other economically damaging policies because of a fringe swing voting group.

I honestly had no bone to pick between Conservatives and Labour back in 2010. My exact thoughts were, fine, lets see what the Conservatives can deliver.

Now we're seen and I couldn't despise them more.

(I'm not a fan of Labour either fwiw)

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