28 May 2020.
Please read the latest guidance provided by UNISON
This guidance covers:
1 Clinically extremely vulnerable employees (people at high risk)
2 Clinically vulnerable employees (people at moderate risk)
3 Employees living with / caring for the vulnerable or extremely vulnerable
4 Black employees
5 Older employees (over 60)
6 Employees who have childcare responsibilities
7 Employees who are feeling anxious about returning to work
8 Template letter to head teacher
Click on the link to read the guidance
If you need any help with this advice please contact the branch office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Trade Union Zoom meeting
“Employment Rights in the COVID workplace.”
Wednesday 3 June at 6pm
Guest Speaker Lord John Hendy QC
Meeting ID: 859 7354 9465
Barnet UNISON schools zoom meeting
Friday May 29, 2020 11:00 AM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 4006 5427
This list is accurate as of Monday 1 June 2020.
- All Saints N20,
- All Saints NW2
- AP Barnet Oakhill
- Ashmole Academy (Primary and Secondary).
- Beit Shvidler
- Bell Lane,
- Blessed Dominic,
- Broadfields Primary
- Brunswick Park
- Chalgrove Primary
- Childs Hill
- Christ Church Primary
- Christ College Finchley,
- Coppetts Wood,
- Cromer Road,
- Dollis Primary,
- Elliot Foundation,
- Foulds School,
- Frith Manor Primary
- Garden Suburb Junior
- Goldbeaters and Orion
- Holly Trinity
- Independent Jewish Day School
- Livingstone School,
- Martin Primary
- Monken Hadley
- Moss Hall Federation
- Moss Hall Nursery,
- Noam Primary
- Oaklodge Special School,
- Oakleigh Special School
- Our Lady of Lourdes
- Pardes House
- QE Girls
- Rosh Pinah
- Sacks Morasha
- Sacred Heart Primary,
- Squires Lane Learning Federation (Tudor and Manorside).
- St Agnes,
- St Andrews CE
- St Catherines,
- St Johns N11
- St Johns N20
- St Josephs
- St Marys N£
- St Marys NW3
- St Pauls N11,
- St Pauls NW7
- St Theresa
- St Vincents
- Summerside REACH Academy,
- The Annunciation
- The Pavilion
- Totteridge Academy
- Trent Primary,
- Wessex Gardens
- Woodcroft Primary
- Woodridge Primary.
your school in not on this list but you have seen a Risk Assessment for your school, please contact Barnet UNISON on email@example.com
We asked our members (most of whom are working from home) one question.
“Do you feel that it is safe for you to go back to work?”
94% of our School UNISON members felt it was not safe.
85% of our Capita UNISON members felt it was not safe.
79% of our Barnet Council UNISON members felt it was not safe.
79% of our Barnet Homes members felt it was not safe
Barnet UNISON as part of our Know Your Rights at Work campaign are hosting a
ZOOM meeting with NEU and GMB entitled:
“COVID-19: How to make your workplace safe”
Wednesday 27 May 6pm
Guest Speaker: Janet Newsham, Chair Hazards Campaign, sitting member of Employment Tribunal for past 25 years.
Meeting ID: 826 4021 4991
URGENT: Please cut and paste the UNISON email to your Head Teacher immediately and copy in Barnet UNISON using firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear head teacher/chair of governors
Government’s plans to increase number of pupils in schools from 1 June
I am writing to say how worried I am about the government’s plans to increase the numbers of pupils in some schools from 1 June and the potential threat they pose to the health and safety of pupils, parents and staff in our school community.
We all want to see schools up and running and our school community back together again, but only when it is safe to do so. Any plan to achieve this needs to be clear on issues such as social distancing, PPE, testing, tracing and isolation. The current government guidance is not.
My union, UNISON, is taking these issues up with government, calling on it to step back from an unsafe increase in pupil numbers on 1 June. Unions and the government need to work together to create the conditions for a safe return to schools, based on the principles and tests set out by education unions representing support staff, teachers and head teachers (see TUC statement).
I don’t believe that the current situation is the fault of the school or its leadership and I understand that the school has to plan for all eventualities. Therefore, my union has advised me to request that you urgently provide an update on the following issues:
- Copy of school’s risk assessments for increasing pupil numbers
- What the plans are for maintaining social distancing; with all pupils and staff to be kept 2 metres apart
- What PPE will be supplied and under what circumstances
- Arrangements for handwashing and sanitising
- Arrangements for protecting vulnerable pupils and staff
- How testing, tracing and isolating will work locally and how it will apply to our schools
- Arrangements for screening out workers exhibiting symptoms of the virus
- Plans for enhanced cleaning of workplaces,
- Procedures for travel such as parking, using public transport, car sharing given the 2-metre rule
I think it is really important that we all stand together to ensure that everyone in the school and community is safe and that we meet health and safety laws. This means that we should only open up the school when is it safe to do so. My union and I do not believe that this is possible by 1 June.
Finally I would like it to be formally noted that my involvement in any meetings and discussions will be on the basis of a sharing of information only, and not my agreement to an unsafe reopening from 1 June. I would further request that you enter into collective discussion with my union on the measures that need to be taken for a safe increase in pupil numbers, as stated by the DfE. I call on the school not to put pupils and staff at risk with an unsafe increase in numbers from 1 June.
URGENT SCHOOL STAFF
Please read this checklist any questions email:
2020.05.18. Joint Trade Union Coronavirus Workplace checklist
Barnet UNISON is hosting a Barnet Schools Zoom Meeting
Wednesday 20 May at 6 pm.
“How To Reopen Schools Safely”
Speakers: Jon Richards (UNISON), Kevin Courtney (Joint General Secretary NEU) GMLB speaker to be confirmed, NASUWT speaker to be confirmed
Meeting ID: 865 5758 8815