Covid-19 Update. ASLEF demands emergency TfL summit meeting on management response.

13 March 2020

Overnight we became aware that a driver on the Jubilee line, who had recently returned from Vietnam, has tested positive for Covid-19. The driver had not been at work since Monday.

 

ASLEF reps were in immediate contact with senior management and cleaning teams were sent in to the locations where the driver had been. But the evidence on the grounds suggests that this was far from the deep clean required.

 

Despite the steps taken so far, it is clear that people are not feeling reassured that everything necessary is being done to protect their safety. Passengers should continue to follow advice from the Government and public health authorities, and should be able to expect robust action to be taken by travel operators including TfL.

 

ASLEF's local and combined health & safety reps are doing all they can to pass on the information they receive, but they, of course, cannot tell people what to do.

 

ASLEF members should follow Government advice and self isolate if they have symptoms. The TUC has also produced a guide for reps.

 

Finn Brennan, ASLEF's organiser on London Underground, said: 'Many people will also be concerned about family members who may be at high risk because of their age or underlying health conditions. As always, you should do what you feel is best for the welfare of your family. ASLEF will always support our members.'

 

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said: 'We have written to management this morning demanding an emergency summit to discuss TfL’s response to this public heath crises. As soon as we have more information we will share it with reps and members.'

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