Update on Coronavirus

13 Mar 2020

PCS is to meet with the Cabinet Office and employers to discuss what is being done to protect members’ health and wellbeing.

PCS is concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid19) on our members’ health, the health of their families and their working, domestic and social lives.

PCS met the Cabinet Office on 12 March to discuss its response to the outbreak and raised the following issues:

  • Prevention of infection at work, including procedures for social distancing, home working
  • Prevention of infection for those in public facing roles
  • Procedures if there is an outbreak in the workplace
  • Rights under sickness procedures and to sick pay if members contract the virus or have to self-isolate
  • Special arrangements for staff with pre-existing conditions
  • Procedures for members with caring responsibilities, particularly in the event that schools are closed
  • Procedures to ensure that contractors and their staff working at buildings have the same rights and processes as employed staff.

Further meetings are planned and we will be meeting with other employers and management to discuss the issue.

The PCS national executive committee (NEC) is meeting next week to discuss how to respond as a union to the Covid19 outbreak, including what support we can give to reps and members.

Available help

Guidance for members on how to get help is already on the PCS website and there is also a section with advice for Health & Safety reps.

The TUC has organised a coronavirus at work webinar taking place on Monday, 16 March at 2pm and has published Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Guidance to Unions on their website.

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