By Sarah Keane • 02 January 2021 • 14:51
More classes are being confined in the second term
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TEACHERS in the UK have said they will refuse to return to work under Union advice
The UK’s largest teacher’s union, the National Education Union (NEU) looks set to advise teachers of their rights not to have to return to work in an unsafe environment until the uncertainty surrounding mass testing has been ironed out.
Dr Mary Bousted, the union’s joint general secretary, said: ‘Whilst we are calling on the Government to take the right steps as a responsible union we cannot simply agree that the Government’s wrong steps should be implemented.
‘That is why we are doing our job as a union by informing our members that they have a legal right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions which are a danger to their health and to the health of their school communities and more generally.’
Dr Bousted has urged the government to close all schools, as it has done in the capital, to allow for a proper system of mass-testing to be established while keeping everyone safe. In the meantime, the Observer has reported that the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT) has been instructed not to sanction teachers who refuse to return to work.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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