The Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, has thanked workers and businesses across the country for ‘answering the call to action’ in tackling the coronavirus pandemic in an op-ed for The Sun on Sunday.
The piece pays tribute to workers ‘playing their part in keeping Britain moving’, from ‘the millions of people working from home’ to ‘the army of workers in distribution centres, supermarkets, transport, construction and manufacturing’.
The piece also commends businesses who have played a role in contributing to the fight against coronavirus, including the builders and engineers who helped build the Nightingale Hospital in London.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:
Workers across all industries and sectors are making a hugely valued and critical contribution to the resilience of our nation. Whether it is the millions of people working from home, or the army of workers in distribution centres, supermarkets, transport, construction and manufacturing across the country, you are all playing your part in keeping Britain moving, so that as a nation we can support our fantastic NHS workers on the frontline of this pandemic.
All of those who have had to go to work — to stack shelves, to keep phone lines connected, to drive our trains or to build vital infrastructure — deserve the understanding of others as they go about their work. Instances of abuse being thrown at these people are completely unacceptable — they are keeping us safe, keeping us fed and keeping us connected.
While our fantastic NHS workers and the wider carer community are rightly at the forefront of our minds, I want to pay tribute to all those who are working to support them by keeping our economy going. You are doing your bit to deliver for our country. Times are tough — and we have harder times ahead of us. But I know that, together, we will pull through.