School cleaners, janitors and support staff 'do not feel safe'

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High School student school bags outside the classroom at an educational facility

Source: BBC News

More than 1,700 school cleaners, janitors and support staff say they do not feel safe at work and are being put at risk every day.

In an open letter to Nicola Sturgeon, the GMB union has raised concerns over PPE and risk assessments. Schools are set to return in August with no social distancing in place if coronavirus is suppressed adequately.

The Scottish government said workers should have access to PPE where necessary. A spokesman said there should be "appropriate hygiene facilities" and any wider support that staff need.

The letter, which will be handed in to the Scottish Parliament later, says the workers were being given the "bare minimum" of PPE (personal protective equipment) and many of them only had access to hand-washing facilities "We do not feel safe at work and we are being put at risk every day," the letter says.This letter is signed by staff who call themselves "the workforce that seems to have been forgotten".

Read more on: BBC News

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