3 April 2020
RMT Press Office:
Bus union RMT responds to Government Covid-19 announcement on bus industry funding
Government cash for bus industry must lead to safety and service protections for bus workers and passengers say RMT
Responding to the Government’s announcement of financial support for the bus industry RMT said the aid must be linked to a new national charter of protection of safety and services for bus workers and passengers.
In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport today RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will set out the following national charter of protection.
* transition to cashless travel during the emergency where feasible
* enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimes on buses, buildings, mess rooms, facilities etc. especially on common touch points.
* ensurance that toilet and washing facilities and hand sanitisers are readily available so that staff can comply with government guidance
* where screens are not currently fitted to buses, these to be installed to give drivers greater protection.
*The safeguarding of essential bus services and for bus journeys only to be undertaken by essential workers and those who rely on the bus to access essential services.
*Full pay and job protection for bus workers not required to work due to reduced bus timetables or because they are self-isolating or unwell.
*Regulation and public ownership of buses to help achieve these objectives.
In the letter Mick Cash will say.
“Buses are an essential service being run for and by frontline workers. It is therefore crucial bus services are safeguarded whilst the health risk to both the workers that run the buses and the passengers who have to travel are kept to an absolute minimum.
Whilst the rail industry is at least seeking to adopt a joined up approach to the Coronavirus crisis the national bus industry in contrast is a complete free for all and we are calling on the government to use this national funding to also enforce a national charter of protection for bus workers and bus passengers as part of the fight against the spread of Covid-19”.