Ballots are now being sent to all members in Local Government and the ballot will run to 5pm on 28th April.
It is important that members do not share or forward their ballot e-mail. The ballot link that is e-mailed is unique to each member. If you forward it to someone else before you have voted and the person you forward to casts a vote via that link it will mean the original recipient will not be able to cast their vote because the system will have recorded them as having already voted.
Anyone who does not receive a ballot by Thursday 15th should: a) Firstly, check that it hasn’t landed in their spam/junk folder. b) If it is not there, and you are certain that we have your e-mail address and have given permission for us to contact you by e-mail, they should ask other members in their workplace have received it or not. c) If all else fails call UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857.
Preparations are underway for the consultative ballot and further campaign resources will be circulated in advance of the ballot opening.
LG Hustings – Thursday 15th April, 7pm
Three of the five major parties have now confirmed they will send a representative to our online hustings event which will be live-streamed on Facebook.
LG ‘One Year of Covid’ Survey – Members should have already received a national reminder, however please see link below
Return of schools
As you will be aware nearly all pupils are due to return to full-time school when the Easter holidays end.
However, children who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. All other pupils, will return to school once the summer term starts.
Strict 2 metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools will be removed and schools will consider how they can strengthen other mitigations.
Following the national expansion of lateral flow testing, twice-weekly tests are available for all school staff in primary, secondary and special schools and for secondary school pupils.
Reassurance of Safety of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test
There have been inaccurate posts on social media and on-line regarding the safety of Covid-19 lateral flow tests in relation to the use of ethylene oxide in the sterilization of the swabs. We urge everyone to get their facts from reputable sources.
Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Public Health England COVID-19 Incident Director, said:
“Parents, children and staff should feel reassured that lateral flow tests used in schools have been rigorously tested and are completely safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.”
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:
“Lateral flow tests have been rigorously tested and are safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.
“The manufacturers have confirmed that 1-2ug/g of ethylene oxide is used in the swabs, which is well within national/international safety standards.
“We are working closely with social media platforms to help them identify and take action to remove incorrect claims about the pandemic, including deliberately false information that could endanger people’s health.”