Greenkeepers RAGING after being forced to work amid COVID-19

Greenkeepers fuming they have to continue work as fellow colleagues test positive for coronavirus...

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Fri, 3 Apr 2020

Greenkeepers at Caird Park Golf Club in Dundee are said to be fuming they are being forced to continue going in to work despite two of their colleagues testing positive for coronavirus, according to the region's Evening Telegraph.

A report from BIGGA last week claimed that it was in their understanding that greenkeepers are able to keep "essential maintenance" of golf courses should they wish to, despite the UK lockdown for COVID-19 so that golfers would still have courses to play when the health crisis is over. 

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Union bosses are said to be backing the call for greenkeepers at the club to be off work due to two members of staff testing positive for COVID-19, with one other self-isolating due to having symptoms.

A decision to remove staff workers from the course is now being strongly backed by union bosses representing the club.

"Following the confirmation of the cases the remaining staff feel they shouldn’t be asked to go into work," said Dundee branch secretary of the GMB, Jim Cunningham. 

"The union is backing this call and we are demanding that our members should not have to go to work in the meantime. We have asked that the remaining workforce is currently removed from such  hazardous duties."

He added: "We have been told that golf courses must be maintained so that when the current crisis is over they can immediately come back into use.

"However, we don’t believe that the greenkeepers and groundsman are essential staff currently. City council gardeners are not working at the moment and we don’t think our members should have to either."

It is also claimed in the report that members of staff were not being supplied with the correct level of protective equipment with which to go about doing thejr jobs on the course. 

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