The real cost of Covid-19

18 June 2020

The Mayor of London today made a statement regarding the financial cost of Covid-19 on the city, outlining the nearly £500m shortfall predicted over the next two years as a result of the crisis.

 

ASLEF has responded to the Mayor's statement and slammed the UK Government for its failure to help.

 


 

Mick Whelan, general secretary, said: 'London is not just Britain's capital, but one of the world's biggest and most exciting cities, with a public transport system essential for helping people move about for work and, when lockdown is lifted, play. It is also the only major metro system in the world with zero central funding. And that is a disgrace.'

 

Finn Brennan, ASLEF's full-time organiser on London Underground, said: 'Deep cuts to essential public services in the capital are on the way. For months essential workers have been called "heroes" but now they will have to fight to protect their jobs, their pay, and their conditions of employment.

 

'The London Mayor has decided to cut his own salary but public service workers and millions of others need better pay and working conditions not more cuts.

 

'Government incompetence has led to some of the worst public health outcomes in Europe, coupled with huge economic damage. But they still find no difficulty in organising a multi-billion pound quantitative easing programme that benefits those who are already wealthy.

 

'We don’t need applause for low-paid essential workers. We need strong and determined trade unions that will fight to defend them if the government is not prepared to properly fund our public services.'

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