12 July 2021
RMT Press Office:
Specialist transport union RMT slams "reckless and irresponsible gamble" by Government over July 19th announcement
Responding to the Health Secretary’s latest announcement RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:
“This is a reckless and irresponsible gamble with the health of millions.
“It is beyond belief that we today see a health minister and prime minister announcing the abandonment of regulations that have been proven to protect the public and workers, when instead a more cautious approach was needed. It feels like the population is being subjected to a mass health experiment that no one knows the answer to and that is simply wrong.
“The decision to scrap mandatory face coverings will not only increase risks, it will lead to confusion and conflict on the transport network and also on cross border services where the devolved nations look set to adopt a different approach.
“As well as scrapping such obvious protections of face coverings we are also concerned the announcement today will give the green light for transport operators to scale back on other protections such as enhanced cleaning.”