Temperature testing for bus workers must be introduced to reduce risks, says Unite
- Thursday 30 April 2020
London wide trial
Protected on full pay
UK roll out
Unite has been at the forefront of ensuring that a series of safety measures have been introduced on buses in London and throughout the rest of the UK to help reduce the exposure of bus workers to COVID-19 which includes the closing of the front doors of buses in London.
Unite London regional secretary Pete Kavanagh said: “It is essential that all reasonable measures are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect bus workers.
“By checking temperatures and ensuring drivers are then tested, not only will we be able to reduce the risk of infection but we can also ensure that workers can quickly return to work if the test is negative.
“Once it is identified that a driver has a high temperature the company has a duty of care. The driver is instructed to go home and get tested and further contamination is avoided.
“One person who does not realise they have symptoms could unwittingly infect many of their colleagues.
“If it protects just a handful of workers from an infection that has killed far too many bus workers in London then it is well worth doing.”
Bus worker safety
Unite national officer for passenger transport Bobby Morton said; “This is a really important initiative which should make bus workers safer.
“Unite believes that it is appropriate that London initially tests these measures and then such a scheme is rolled out across the UK’s bus networks.
“Unite is committed to ensuring the safety of bus workers throughout the UK and will support all practical measures to achieve that.”
Notes to editors:
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.