20 December 2020
RMT Press Office:
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The scenes of overcrowding and chaos on rail services last night were a disgrace and must not be repeated. They reflect the shambolic approach of the Government that has been a hallmark of their management of the COVID pandemic. Our reps and officials have been reiterating the guidance to our members that they have a right to remove themselves to a place of safety and that enforcement of the new measures is a matter for the police. RMT is ramping up that guidance today. The safety and welfare of our members comes first.
"RMT continues dicussions across the industry through the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum to protect jobs, services, safety and livelihoods. The new Government measures present enormous fresh challenges and carry huge levels of risk. RMT has clear priorities and we will press to ensure that they are addressed and that no groups of workers, geographical areas or industrial sectors are left behind."