9 April 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT keeps up pressure for full support and protection for London Transport staff as COVID-19 crisis continues.
Transport union RMT said today that is continuing to apply pressure in discussions with TFL for full support and protection for London Transport staff as the Covid-19 emergency continues.
RMT has identified a number of serious concerns around which discussion with TFL are still on going:
* Social distancing and universal application of the two meter rule
* Availability of PPE for all staff who require it including approved masks, gloves and eye protection
* Support for vulnerable staff and clear guarantees that they will be given every assistance and protection
* A universal and supportive approach to sick pay which does not discriminate against or disadvantage any individual or group of staff
* All furloughed and laid off contractors staff to have an absolute assurance that their wages will be met in full with no detriment to their service or other employment conditions.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Since this unprecedented crisis unfolded London Transport workers have responded magnificently and are a credit to the City. Engineering and station staff, cleaners , train drivers , control staff, Docklands Light Railway, cable car, river boat, support staff and the rest of the huge team that move London's essential workers around the capital have risen to the occasion
"Let’s be clear "all in it together" means nothing without full support for the workforce who have kept London moving since this crisis began. All of the issues RMT has outlined are critical as the emergency continues and we will not rest whilst our members in the front line are still raising concerns with us . All of them have to have their safety, health and livelihoods properly protected and that is exactly what we will continue to fight for."