6 October 2021

COVID 19 – it is not over yet

Our union has been heavily engaged in dealing with the impact of Covid 19 at all levels.

Our union has been heavily engaged in dealing with the impact of Covid 19 at all levels.

Nationally there have been regular meetings with the Cabinet Office to establish a Civil Service wide approach to the pandemic, on issues such as home working, annual leave and the impact of long Covid.

Departmentally we have had regular meetings of the joint health and safety committee, developing a suite of Defence Advice Notes laying out policy on safe working during the pandemic and with Civilian HR creating and amending policies and procedures to address issues arising from the pandemic.

All these documents can be accessed online via DefNet or Defence Connect.

But our work has not ended, as Covid is still very definitely with us with infection rates of over 30k per day and deaths in the hundreds per week.

So, it is important that we continue to monitor the application of risk assessments and mitigations to allow staff to return safely to the workplace where they need to do so.

We are also engaging with business units on their plans for smarter or hybrid schemes of work, to ensure that they allow all staff to work flexibly and safely in line with departmental policy.

If you are at all concerned about what you are being asked to do in relation to a return to the workplace or an option to work flexibly, please get in touch.

And please make sure that you follow all the rules around Covid. They are there to keep us all safe.