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University and College Union comment on new education guidance for Wales

The University and College Union (UCU) said today (Friday) that protecting the health and safety of staff and students must be the number one priority for colleges in Wales. The union was responding to new guidance from Welsh education minister Kirsty Williams on what will guide decisions to reopen schools and colleges.


The union said it welcomed the guarantee that the Welsh government would continue to work with staff and trade unions, and the commitment to health and safety as the top priority. UCU said it was right for the government not to list any arbitrary start date as it considered the evidence.


UCU Wales official Margaret Phelan said: ‘Staff and students should not be going back to work until it is safe to do so, and we are pleased the minister has made it clear that their safety and well-being is the number one priority. We agree that an arbitrary start date at this point is unnecessary. The minister is right to say that we need more evidence, more confidence and more control over the virus before such decisions can be made.


‘We will continue to work with the government and ColegauCymru to address the challenges the further education sector will face.’