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Postal staff must be deemed key workers during pandemic, Nicola Sturgeon urged

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has written to the First Minister on the issue.

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Postal workers should be ensured of key worker status in the Covid-19 pandemic, Richard Leonard said (PA)

Postal workers should be ensured of key worker status in the Covid-19 pandemic, Richard Leonard said (PA)

Postal workers should be ensured of key worker status in the Covid-19 pandemic, Richard Leonard said (PA)

The Scottish Government is being urged to ensure “crucial” postal staff are classed as key workers in the coronavirus outbreak.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard made the plea in a letter to Nicola Sturgeon.

Postal workers in England have already been designated as key workers by the UK Government – meaning they can continue to send their children to school or nursery, despite the closures.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said postal staff must be included as key workers (Jane Barlow/PA)

But Mr Leonard said the system in Scotland, with local authorities involved in deciding which staff are given key worker classification, means there could be variations between areas.

He urged the First Minister: “Can I request that local authorities are informed of the crucial role played by postal services workers and those working in telecommunications and as such should be classified as key workers.

“These workers are often the only people many will see or speak to on a daily basis. Similarly others in telecommunications provide critical connections as we adjust to homeworking. Their role is key.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We absolutely applaud the efforts of postal workers across Scotland who are working flat out to keep services running normally and have also volunteered to help check on the welfare of vulnerable or isolated members of our communities.

“As we have set out, we are working with local authority partners to identify as quickly as possible which jobs will receive key worker designation.”

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