CWU’s Assistant Secretary Andy Furey, has written to CWU Branches in the Post Office (LTB063/21) to advice them of changes to the Post Office’s continued commitment to protect its employees as a result of the Covid pandemic as it effects the UK.
Currently, all Post Office employees categorised as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and pregnant employees have been shielding on paid special leave since 5th November 2020 and are not expected to return to work until at least 31st March 2021.
As a consequence of new government guidelines issued on 16th February 2021, a further 1.7m adults have now been identified by medical experts as being at higher risk and therefore now fall into the category of CEV.
These people will shortly be receiving letters advising them to shield. Consistent with the original agreement those newly designated CEV, if employed by the Post Office, will also be offered paid special leave with immediate effect.
Whilst there is no definitive list of those who have now been included, the NHS is using a Covid-19 Population Risk Assessment to determine the priority group.
The following Joint Statement has been issued informing members of the latest development:
Branches and Representatives are urged to bring this LTB and associated Joint Statement to the attention of our Post Office members.
I wish to extend my thanks to Lynn Simpson, Postal Executive member for her endeavours in engaging with the Post Office to secure this position for our Clinically Extremely Vulnerable members.