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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 March 2020

Transport union RMT demands action for coronavirus tube safety

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RMT union members have shown a huge commitment to keep the tube running, in spite of the obvious risk to tube workers who are working.

We have made some progress. Cleaners working for contractor ABM are getting full sick pay if isolating or sick with coronavirus. But London Underground, the London mayor and government have failed to deal with the key issues confronting members at work.

It is ridiculous to have people being fined for congregating in groups of more than two while, at the same time, stuffing hundreds into a tube carriage where people struggle to maintain two inches of social distancing, let alone two metres.

We know that crowding is mainly affecting services early in the morning from areas with high numbers of self-employed and gig economy workers.

RMT will tell London Underground that without these measures being agreed and implemented immediately we will be unable to advise our members that we consider it safe to come to work.

Extract from RMT union statement

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