University and College Union reveals it is investigating Covid-19 death of Burnley College tutor
The University and College Union has revealed today it is investigating the circumstances of the death of Burnley College tutor Donna Coleman, who died of Covid-19 last month.
UCU regional official Martyn Moss said: "‘Donna’s death is an appalling tragedy and we are supporting her family at this difficult time.
"UCU is investigating the circumstances that led to Donna’s death, including whether she contracted covid through her work at Burnley College.
"We have raised our health and safety concerns with the college and with the Health and Safety Executive, the government body that polices workplace safety."
Donna was diagnosed with Covid-19 just before Christmas. And although she appeared to be recovering from the virus she took a turn for the worst and was rushed to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where she died.
Popular and well liked by staff and students at the college where she was described as a 'huge presence' Donna loved her job and 'lived for work' according to her family. Dozens of former students and their parents paid moving tributes to her for the help she gave them.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘We are all angry and devastated about the loss of Donna.
"Her passing will be deeply felt by her family, her students and her wider community.
"Too many workers, including those in post-16 education, have lost their lives to covid. These deaths are not inevitable.
"UCU will continue to fight to keep our members safe and for employers and the government to protect their health and safety.'