We can’t let government failures be used to browbeat us into accepting unsafe working conditions. Unless we remain firm, infections and deaths will continue to rise.
We can be proud that we have helped to push the government back but the battle in schools is still far from over. We have to make sure that schools operate safely for the priority learners they will be teaching face-to-face and that staff are able to resist unacceptable workload demands …
Local Officers, reps and members have been working flat out since the call was made by the NEU that they should assert their contractual right not to attend an unsafe place of work.
NEU Executive announces emergency decision to call on members to exercise ‘Section 44’
Ministers still can’t bring themselves to admit to what is now surely blindingly obvious. If school-aged children are so widely infected, insisting that parents send them in to classes of thirty in badly-ventilated classrooms inevitably means that schools will be acting as a significant driver of wider community transmission.
So as a big ‘thank you’ for all we’ve done in the pandemic, Rishi Sunak has decided on our reward – a three year pay freeze. But the key question for the NEU and other public sector unions is, how do we answer this attack?
Simply concluding that ‘there’s no mood’ leaves us exactly where we are now. Our demands will continue to be ignored. The NEU needs to build and lead struggle as a National Union