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GMB has joined forces with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) to campaign for the removal of asbestos in all schools and public buildings within the region.
The campaign will start with Birmingham City Council, the largest authority in Europe controlling a region with many schools and public buildings that date from the Victorian era when asbestos was highly used. The campaign will then move on to other authorities in the region.
In march 2002, a report from an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) warned of the hidden killer in our schools (that everyone should be aware of), seeking for schools to have it removed by 2028. Over 75 per cent of schools across the UK contain some asbestos. This is because all schools built or refurbished between the Second World War and 1990 would have used materials containing asbestos.
GMB members are concerned that schools moving out of local authority control will not see the removal of asbestos as a priority and therefore might put the lives of GMB members and pupils at risk by failing to tackle the issue.
GMB has put together a questionnaire which will be sent to all head teacher so we can identify schools that contain asbestos. If you work in a school please fill in the attached form and return it to the Birmingham & West Midlands Region and help Birmingham become asbestos free.