The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has taken into account of all the content of a thread it has received from the Ministry, the comments passed during a face-to-face meeting at the OPM, as well as other comments passed by Prof. Charmaine Gauci during various televised press conferences.
During the past weeks, there has been a worrying consistently high daily number of positive cases together with an equally high transmission rate. The union has also been following communications published by the WHO, which has also stated multiple times that COVID-19 will still retain its high risk factor until a vaccine is found which will adequately cater for the resolution of the pandemic at large. It thus became clear to the union, that our educators and the general public are being put at high risk of contagion with the re-opening of schools, as well as possibly exposing them to the possibility of suffering long-term repercussions to their health as confirmed by Prof. Gauci during the face-to-face meeting the Ministry had with the union at the OPM.
For this reason, the Union has officially requested that the Ministry of Education and Employment issues a risk assessment for every school, as well as an individual risk assessment for vulnerable educators, so as to ensure a safe working environment for all.
In the meantime, the UPE is issuing the following directive:
Educators, who are members of the UPE, who fall under the vulnerable category (reference is being made to the following link https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/covid-19/Documents/mitigation-conditions-and-guidances/Guidance_For_Vulnerable_Persons.pdf) are to remain at home and be available to work online.
In view of all that was stated in this article, the above directive will hold until the UPE can put its mind at rest that its members are not being unnecessarily and recklessly exposed to a virus which might prove fatal to this category.
Should any of our members have any further queries about this issue they should not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400.