Coventry City Council Trades Union Side Statement

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Dear Councillor Duggins and Martin Reeves

Open letter to the Leader of Coventry City Council and Chief Executive @coventrycc

Coventry City Council Trades union side Statement

The Trades unions side have met this morning to discuss the urgent issue of Covid19 and in a spirit of partnership we would be grateful for your urgent consideration on these matters given the unprecedented situation:

• All sickness absence monitoring to cease and meetings under the PHAW unless by TU agreement.
• Full sick pay to be paid to all staff regardless of length of service or where their entitlement has reduced or expired.
• No reduction in pay for staff who are self-isolating or caring for someone who is at risk.
• No reduction in pay for any worker having to take time away to look after their children.
• No redundancy consultations.
• All restructures to go on hold.
• Disciplinaries where no risk to life and limb or others to be postponed.
• All other grievances/disciplinaries/capabilities/and Appeals to only go ahead on a case by case basis in agreement with the Trades Unions.
• For those workers who would be considered to be vulnerable to Coronavirus, those with underlying health conditions are to be allowed to self-isolate and/or work from home if they so wish.
• All managers to review all workers who have or are about to return to work from sickness with a view to discussing self-isolation.
• Any worker who is willing and able and has the right resources available to be able to work from home with immediate effect should do so if they so wish.
• Coventry city Council to seek information from the workforce as to what skills, expertise they can volunteer in order to assist the Council to be able to redirect resources to socially useful activities and offer training.
• Any worker volunteering to work at a higher grade will be paid at that rate.
• No worker will suffer financial detriment from volunteering.
• Communication to go out daily giving clear guidance about what the Council is doing across all services. This communication should go out in several formats eg Email, flyers, Council website (not just the intranet). This communication will be done in a way as to demonstrate we understand the workforce will be the ones passing on information about the Councils response and can play a useful role in carrying our and reinforcing these messages.
• Business continuity meetings to include Trades union reps.
• Regime of regular cleaning of all Council facilities used by multiple users and the public.
• Urgent reviews and risk assessments to be carried out with the involvement and collaboration of all staff to determine that work must be done and what can be done differently or postponed in order to reduce contact with the public e.g. telephone assessments instead of face to face meetings.
• For employees who are at higher risk of infection due to directly working with the most vulnerable – older people or people in poor health will need more specific precautions. In such cases a specific risk assessment for contamination risk should be performed. This is a COSHH Assessment required under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002.
• Provision of counselling services for all staff to be promoted in all future communication in order to look after the mental well-being of the workforce.
• To ensure adequate supplies for handwashing is provided for mobile workers.
• End hot desking.
• Where possible allow workers to vary working hours to reduce risk of infection on congested public transport.
• Stop car park charges and review how we support front line staff.

Coventry Schools:

Request that all schools regardless of establishment status adopt this approach.

Contractors:

Coventry City Council to seek confirmation from all contractors who staff work alongside Coventry City Council workers that they are also providing full pay for their staff who are off sick or self-isolating or needing to look after children.

Agency:

Coventry City Council to seek confirmation from all agency organisations who do as above they are also providing full pay for their staff who are off sick or self-isolating or needing to look after children

The Community:

What plans are in place to work alongside all other public services in the city, the Voluntary Sector and Private businesses to protect citizens and life.

We look forward to your response

Richard Harty

On behalf of GMB, NASUWT, NEU, UNISON and UNITE

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