I have written to the following authorities following the tragic death of our Brother and colleague:
Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council, Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Traffic Commissioner.
I am yet to receive an acknowledgment from any of them.
In these letters, I referenced the RMT’s discussions with CT4N’s Managing Director, Ian Combellack, noting that the employer had stated that if employees have concerns they could apply for unpaid leave: this should not be happening.
I also informed the authorities that I am of the view that the company has not taken this matter seriously enough, with the contracted work appearing to come before drivers’ health. All these issues have left the workforce in a very vulnerable position and this is totally unacceptable.
I called for immediate enforcement, with workers being furloughed on the government scheme.
I now see that CT4N is now lying to the public in statements about their actions and preventative measures. It is clear that the company has failed in its duty of care towards its staff and the public, and is now trying to cover its tracks.
I would like to remind members of their legal rights as follows:
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state that employers must have procedures to be followed "in the event of serious and imminent danger". Employees are protected by law if they decide that their work situation represents a threat of “serious or imminent danger” and as a result of this belief they remove themselves to a place of safety. The RMT believes the current Coronavirus – COVID 19 Pandemic represents a real threat to life that can be deemed as “serious and imminent”.
I am grateful for the work of my RMT Representatives locally in these matters and will keep members informed of any developments.