You will be aware that the Government introduced its Plan B last week in response to the surge of the Omicron variant. It is probably too early to say exactly how this new variant will develop, how it is affected by the vaccine and what impact it will have on society in the weeks ahead, but we are closely monitoring the situation.
We have already in place strong risk assessed Covid control measures across all of our offices and activities across the region, and we will be reviewing our risk assessments and protocols in the light of the Omicron development and Government advice.
GMB offices in the region will remain open but we will be strictly controlling the number of staff and visitors within our offices between now and the Christmas break on 23rd December. Our officers will continue to work in the way that they have been in recent months, in that they will be working from home to support reps and members across workplaces in the region, taking the appropriate risk assessed measures whenever necessary.
Our office-based staff will continue to provide support for reps and members, but we will be asking some to work remotely so that we can reduce the numbers present in our offices over the next couple of weeks.
It is important to us all that we maintain the level of service to you and to GMB members in the region and that our officers are accessible as and when required within safety controls.
Please bear with us as the weeks develop and we will update you in the New Year should there be any change to this situation.