It takes a whole team to keep universities running.
But when government minister Matt Hancock announced a new list of workers eligible for priority COVID-19 testing in England, in education he only mentioned ‘teaching staff’.
UNISON have asked the government several times who this covers and when it comes into practice as it seems to completely ignore vital university support staff like us. Professional Service staff make up over half the workforce, and whose job it is to make sure that students are safe and supported. So far, helpful civil servants haven’t been able to interpret what the minister meant.
UNISON are calling for all education support staff to be given priority access to COVID-19 testing to help keep us safe.
If you can’t get a test when you need one, it disrupts your work and leaves you and your family in the dark about your health and that’s not good enough.
When the government announces the details of its priority testing scheme, we want all education staff to be on the list.
Please sign our petition, you can ask your friends and family to support our campaign to get priority testing for education staff – let’s tell the government to make us a priority.