Teachers can legally refuse to return over health risk, says union

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Exclusive: NASUWT threatens legal action to defend teachers against forced restart on 1 June

Teachers can legally refuse to return when schools reopen unless they get the same protections against coronavirus as other frontline staff, one of the UK’s leading teaching unions has warned.

In a letter to local authorities seen by the Guardian, the 300,000-strong NASUWT threatens to invoke legal action to defend teachers against being forced back into schools on 1 June because of the risk to their health.

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