Union boss says school staff forgotten about over phased return to classroom

A leading union has said school support staff in Wishaw, Shotts and Motherwell have been forgotten about in the phased return to classrooms.

GMB Scotland senior organiser for public services Drew Duffy said: “Yet again the Scottish Government failed to acknowledge the role of school support staff in the response to Covid-19.

“Over 1000 of our members in support staff jobs, including cleaners, caterers, and pupil support staff, wrote to the First Minister asking her to strengthen school safety guidelines and the implementation of them across our 32 councils.

“The statement said little to these workers, despite the fact support staff are most at risk against the backdrop of more virulent strains of Covid-19 because many continue to work in our schools throughout this lockdown.

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“We need full consultation with Ministers on a consistent approach to worker safety during the phased return of schools.

“That’s the only way we are going to give these forgotten key workers some badly needed confidence their safety is a priority for this government.”

Daily Record – Motherwell