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UK GOV KEY WORKER STATUS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC


The SPOA is pleased to see the UK government recognizes key worker status for those in critical sectors.

The guidance document released on 19/03/20 can be found here.

We would specifically draw members attention to the paragraph from the document titled -Utilities, Communication and Financial services.

"This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above, they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service."

Whilst the document is for England, we would expect the Scottish Government to publish similar very shortly.   


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