A number of members are clearly very concerned about what the announcement from Boris Johnson means for them. Whether you work for a private company, College, MAT, school or for the Council directly there should be no difference in the standards applied to you; namely that it is safe to do so.
If you have any concerns about what your manager is proposing please get in touch with the branch immediately. We can advise you about what needs to be assessed to ensure that your safety is not compromised.
UNISON will be working with the other TUC education unions to agree on a joint position in response to yesterday’s additional guidance from the DfE on schools opening. UNISON and the other support staff unions put forward 5 tests that have not yet been met. The branch is awaiting further national guidance on the matter and advises any members to get in touch with us if you are aware of your school making plans to widen the provision.
We are anticipating that we may get updated advice later so we will ensure that this goes out to all members as soon as it is received.
For any of those who work for Coventry City Council directly, the employer has agreed that the initial starting point for any return, even part, is that it must be safe to do so. The employer has indicated that it is unlikely that people currently working from home will be expected to return fully back into an office for some time.