NEU says teachers must exercise their legal right not to work in an unsafe environment
The National Education Union has told its members that they must not return to work on Monday, referencing the strains on the NHS and the lack of effective steps by the government to make schools safe against COVID transmission.
Calling on the government to delay the opening of schools until at least 18 January and to move schools to online learning, NEU Vice President Daniel Kebede – who will appear on Socialist Telly’s Skwawk Talk on Monday night – told teachers:
Our Heads and School Leaders have been amazing. However the Government have failed to deliver the resource we need.
As a result transmission of Covid in schools has been driving transmission in communities. This has pushed our NHS to breaking point.
The Government must do the correct thing and delay the opening of schools until the 18th January. Schools must move online and be open to Vulnerable and Key Worker children only.
If the government don’t do what is right, and delay the opening of schools, we will action our legal rights under Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act.
Schools are not safe for our young people, our educators or our communities.
Education will continue remotely. Do not go into work for Monday’s INSET, work from home.
Once again – and in spite of the lack of support from Keir Starmer’s Labour party – unions are leading the way to protect their members and the children they teach, while the government recklessly refuses to act for most of the country, despite now acknowledging that schools are the engine of the pandemic.
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