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Community secures meeting to discuss PPE with Humza Yousaf

14th May 2020

Community has secured a meeting with Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice for the Scottish Government. The meeting provides an opportunity for the union to discuss the availability of Personal Protective Equipment across the sector.

Steve Farrell, Regional Secretary for Scotland and Northern Ireland at Community said:

“We welcome the opportunity to meet with Humza Yousaf later this month. This meeting gives us the chance to raise the key concerns of our members, and we hope to work with the Scottish government as well as employers to ensure every worker in the sector is properly protected with the PPE they need for the remainder of this crisis.”

“Prior to meeting the Minister we have been engaging with our reps, members and employers to fully understand the situation with regard to Personal Protective Equipment in the sector. Community, as the recognised union across a number of sites in Scotland, is asking our members to share their experiences and concerns regarding the accessibility and adequacy of PPE in their workplace. When we meet with the Minister we intend to raise the concerns of our members, and seek to ensure resolutions.”

“It is clear that there are examples across the sector of where employers are working hard and have been successful in providing adequate PPE, and are also providing the necessary training and procedures necessary to ensure their workers are confident in using the equipment and with the protection it provides. However, there are places where the situation is concerning, with employers struggling to access adequate PPE, and where procedures and training could be improved. In these instances we will be working with those employers, and the Scottish government to resolve these issues as a priority.”

You can access our survey on Personal Protective Equipment in the Scottish justice, custodial an immigration sector by clicking here.

Community are the recognised union at HMP Kilmarnock, HMP Addiewell, and Dungavel IRC in Electronic Tagging in Scotland. You can join us here.