21 May 2020
RMT Press Office:
RMT seeks answers and protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers in the transport sector.
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has written to industry bosses and safety regulators seeking answers and protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the transport sector.
RMT has reminded employers that there is concrete data regarding the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers.
The union has raised a series of questions with transport bosses and safety regulators.
These include whether companies have sought advice as to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers and whether they are monitoring the impact on BAME workers. The union has also asked companies what measures they are considering to protect BAME employees from Covid-19.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
“Concrete evidence is continually emerging that shows that BAME people are far more likely to die from Covid-19 than white people.
“We have therefore written to all transport employers and safety regulators asking them what actions they are taking; that includes determining what is happening at the workplace and identifying the protections that can be implemented.
“RMT will use every means at our disposal to protect our members.”