We have many members who fall into high risk categories due to age or pre-existing conditions whose lives could be threatened by a resumption of normal classes.
We note that under the Occupational Health and Safety Law, employers have a responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for their workers.
We therefore submit the following demands:
1. That all universities do not restart face-to-face classes from the second semester.
2. That teachers, especially those with either certified or uncertified underlying mental or physical health conditions or due to a more advanced age, or live with others in the same situation, be allowed to teach online.
3. As hybrid approaches that use both online and face-to-face lessons put a lot of extra burden on teachers, teachers not be required to prepare for hybrid approaches.
4. That your university be transparent in reporting outbreaks of Coronavirus at the institution” and/or “among faculties, students and staff”.
We have asked for a response by August 18th and hope to make the information available to all.