Following discussions with Unite we have agreed the following position:
We are advising members and reps not to engage via electronic interfaces with the management team because it breaches the terms of furlough.
The validity of the proposed redundancies is in doubt when:
a) staff are furloughed and this flies in the face of the principle of the governments JRS scheme
b) it is not possible to conduct meaningful negotiations under current conditions
c) other options remain on the table to mitigate these cuts, eg government support.
We are therefore advising you not to engage in these session.
Your GMB Negotiating Team
Nadine Houghton, Karen Watson, Danny Faith