GOVERNMENT U-TURN ON FACE COVERINGS SHOW MINISTERS MUST LISTEN TO WORKERS SAYS GMB

GMB Union wrote to the Education Secretary in July challenging Government’s position on face coverings.  GMB, the union for school staff, says the Government's u-turn on face coverings shows Ministers must learn to listen to workers.

Karen Leonard, GMB National Officer, said:

“GMB wrote to the Education Secretary back in mid-July challenging the Government’s position on face coverings in school during the pandemic.

“Schools know social distancing will be extremely difficult and large ‘bubbles’ present a covid-19 risk. All we wanted was for staff who felt the need to wear a mask not to be actively discouraged from doing so.

“The Government appears to be ignoring the science in order to avoid a political hit. Now they’ve performed yet another u-turn.

“It’s time Minister’s learned to listen to the concerns of the school staff who will be instrumental in keeping our schools safe and, importantly, open.”

ENDS


Media enquiries: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

 


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