Because of your actions as NEU members, the government was made to close schools. Thank you for standing up for the safety of students, teachers and the Harrow community.

Join us for a Harrow NEU members' meeting on Tuesday 12th January at 5pm, to find out the union's advice on online teaching, children in schools, staff rotas, workload while working from home and much more.

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Once you sign up to the meeting, you will receive an email with the zoom link.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Louise Crimmins

Harrow NEU District Secretary


BME workers and COVID 19 -  call for evidence

The massive and disproportionate impact of COVID 19 on BME workers has been clear for weeks

The debate around the causes has focused on medical explanations or theories around cultural practices. But the TUC has focused our intervention on the impact of institutional racism. In all the discussions around this issue, the voices of BME workers themselves have been largely absent. We want to put this right and make sure that people heard. BME workers’ voices and experiences must shape the debate and any solutions developed.

People have told us about BME workers being disproportionately assigned to front line situations, not been given adequate protective equipment, targeted when hours or jobs are being cut and racially abused by colleagues or customers. Often they have not been able to raise issues for fear of victimisation.We want to make sure the voices of these workers are at the centre of conversations about what needs to change.  We need your support to enable BME workers to share their experiences of unfair treatment and racism at work during this crisis to:

  • highlight the lived experience of BME and migrant workers
  • pressure the EHRC as the equalities regulator to use their powers to hold government and employers to account
  • ensure targeted action is taken to tackle racism at work
  • shape  the narrative around the impact of Covid-19 on BME workers

We need you to distribute this call for evidence as widely as possible. Please encourage BME workers to tell us their stories: 

We would also appreciate your support in  amplifying our social media posts

Natasha Owusu

Employment Rights Policy Officer – Mon to Weds (am only)

Policy & Campaigns Support Officer – Weds (pm only) to Friday

Trades Union Congress (TUC)

020 7467 1370/ 07917 416058

Can you share our messages to make sure everyone knows?



The report, which quotes the National Education Union’s Five Tests, says:

  • Test, track and isolate programmes must be in place before schools reopen more widely: this has been crucial in school reopening in other countries.
  • The issue of schools reopening does not just have implications for pupils, but also for adult staff, parents and their communities.
  • Wider school opening in other countries, such as Denmark, has only been done after large investment in measures such as additional washing facilities.
  • Each school needs to consult widely with staff, unions, parents, local authorities and others and carry out risk assessments before proceeding.
  • Local infection and death rates should be considered before making decisions on wider opening.

We continue to press the Government to reopen schools more widely only when it’s safe. We have now published a checklist on safety around the wider reopening of secondary schools which we are encouraging staff and leaders to discuss. You can also find guidance for vulnerable workers on our website. We will be in touch with you again next week with further information.

Thank you.

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Mary Bousted
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union
Kevin Courtney
Joint General Secretary
National Education Union

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