Terms and Conditions

1) Annual leave


1. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members are not able to attend for work due to showing symptoms or are self-isolating, in compliance with Government guidance, because someone in their household has symptoms they should be treated as sick and entitled to take their leave at a later date.


2. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members covered by the Government guidance on shielding and protecting people who are defined on medical grounds as being extremely vulnerable from Coronavirus who have been advised by their GP or NHS representative to self-isolate they may be treated as being on leave.


3. Where annual leave falls during a period where our members who are covered by the Government guidance of being at an increased risk who are able to remain at work safely and it is then deemed that they should self-isolate they may be treated as being on leave.


Further details are contained in the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum (RICF) - Emergency Working Principles.



2) Clinically vulnerable people

a) Clinically vulnerable people are defined as:

i. aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

ii. under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds)

iii. chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

iv. chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

v. chronic kidney disease

vi. chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

vii. chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy

viii. diabetes

ix. a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)

x. being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

xi. pregnant people


b) When clinically vulnerable members are required to return to work we advise that best practice is:

i. to ensure that hygiene and social distancing measures are being carried out in line with ASLEF and government guidance

ii. for a full risk assessment to be carried out and controls put in place to reduce any identified risk in the workplace

iii. if a risk assessment shows that a clinically vulnerable member is exposed to an unacceptable level of risk then they should be sent home on full pay.  

Full advice and guidance on clinically vulnerable people is available from the HSE website


3) Members over seventy

Any members over the age of 70 are strongly advised not to attend work and are to self-isolate in line with government advice. Any member doing so will have the full support of ASLEF.



4) Vulnerable persons (shielding)

It is recommended that those members who have been classed as vulnerable or pregnant members who are required to return to work should undergo an Individual risk assessment to ensure that it is safe for them to do so.


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