The DfE has informed the LA that UNISON has withdrawn section 44 advice to its members. We’ve seen a copy of this letter. (Section 44 is the legislation on the statute books that gives employees the right to withdraw from an unsafe workplace without detriment, as used in our model letter for school employees).
We have been told by national UNISON that Gavin Williamson has misrepresented UNISON’s views.
The LA has advised schools earlier today that the section 44 advice has been withdrawn.
The branch has received no advice from head office that our section 44 advice has been withdrawn.
We expect that UNISON will make a national statement on this later.