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Key workers exempt from self isolation should return to work despite objections by unions, a minister has said.

Vicky Ford, the children’s minister, stressed the need to “minimise disruption to the economy” as the pingdemic continues to cause havoc with key infrastructure industries, such as travel and retail.

It comes as Union leaders have launched a battle against Government plans to end the pingdemic, concerned that an exemption that allows critical workers to ignore the NHS app and go to work if they are pinged, will cause further harm than good.

Leaders of the UK’s largest unions are now encouraging key workers to ignore the exemption and stay home, suggesting they could be exposed to Covid in the workplace.

However, when pressed on Sky News if those critical workers who are doubled jabbed should ignore the ping, despite concerns raised by unions, Ms Ford hinted this was the Government’s preference. She said: “Every single employer obviously needs to look at the safety of their staff. We’ve got many employers who are saying, in these really crucial sectors of the economy … if they have had the double vaccination, then they can come back if they continue to have that negative test.”

However Mick Lynch, the RMT General Secretary, warned that the Government’s guidance gave “very little” about “protecting the people that are having to work” with someone who might have been pinged.

“So if you’re working on board a train or working in a control room, and you are supposed to be isolating, you are enhancing the risk to the other people working around you, whether they’re passengers or colleagues on the railway,” he told the Today programme.

“There’s very little said about protecting the people that are not isolating their working normally with people who really aren’t aware of the effects of the thing.”

He added the whole thing is “utter confusion”.

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