London Underground: Tube drivers plea

06 April 2020

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, is demanding that London Underground drivers are provided with masks and gloves to help protect them from contracting covid-19.

“Our members are risking their own safety to provide a service for essential workers,' said Finn Brennan, ASLEF's organiser on the Underground. "But every day brings fresh news of friends, family members and colleagues being struck down by this terrible virus. Unlike politicians and managers, frontline transport staff can not work from home. Everything possible must be done to protect their safety.

"Tube drivers and other TfL staff are risking their own health and that of their families by leaving home  to provide transport for vital staff. By refusing to close non-essential workplaces, the government is endangering their safety and that of other key workers who rely on public transport.

"ASLEF has told London Underground that tube  drivers must be provided with masks, gloves and instructions on how to use them safely. We mourn those whose lives have already been lost. We have to stop unnecessarily risking the lives of others.”

 

 

 

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