ASLEF backs teachers’ unions over schools reopening

ASLEF is calling on the government to put back the reopening of schools in England until the safety of pupils and teachers is ensured.

ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan said: “We believe the government’s decision to try to reopen schools on June is dangerous and premature. Teachers and the NEU are the experts in this field; they know their jobs, their schools, their pupils, and the dangers. It’s vital that the government listens to what they have to say.

“That’s why we support the NEU’s demands that the government allows schools to reopen when – and only when – it is safe to do so. Safe for pupils, safe for teachers, and safe for ancillary staff. One death in our schools is one death too many and I fear the government, in its rush to force pupils back into the classroom, is putting the health and safety of children in danger.”

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