The spread of the coronavirus is requiring a significant increase in the time that PCS health and safety reps are having to spend dealing with the impact of the virus in their workplaces.
These include discussions with local management, ensuring workplaces are cleaned and have the required cleaning products, dealing with distressed members, ensuring dealings with the public are safe, advising members on DWP HR policies, etc.
This is clearly an unprecedented, very fast moving and extremely serious situation. PCS therefore requested today that time spent on dealing with the coronavirus for PCS health and safety reps should be treated as official duty.
PCS welcomes the quick response from DWP to agree to this request, initially for a two week period starting on Monday 16th March 2020. This means that, for the next two weeks at least, all health and safety reps’ time spent on dealing with the coronavirus will be treated as official duty.
DWP has asked that reps keep a record of the overall amount of time spent on official duty dealing with the coronavirus. Health and Safety reps are therefore asked to collate this over the two week period and send it to Charles Law via firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of the period.