Unite, Britain’s leading union, has welcomed the University of Sheffield’s decision to pause face to face teaching after the union raised numerous concerns about the spread of Covid-19 amongst staff, students and in the wider community.

 

The union has been raising concerns that the University has been pushing ahead and opening up too quickly while responding too slowly when Unite health and safety representatives have pointed out valid concerns about potential hazard points.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts has now written to the University’s staff to announce the temporary suspension of face-to-face teaching between Friday 9 October and Sunday 18 October, with face-to-face teaching resuming from Monday 19 October.

Unite is calling for the university to work with the joint campus unions to develop proper risk assessments and safe working practices and to resolve the hazard points raised by the union's health and safety representatives.  

Unite regional officer, Harriet Eisner said: “We welcome the university’s decision to finally take action after numerous concerns were raised by the union about exposure to Covid-19 since the campus re-opened.

“The university has now given itself some space and we hope management will use this time to work with union health and safety representatives to develop proper risk assessments and safe working practices.

“Unite’s primary concern is for the safety of the university’s staff, its students and the wider community. Unite would encourage all employees on campus who are not yet in a union to join us, this way we can continue to have a strong independent voice on campus.”

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