This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
NON-ESSENTIAL public transport workers must be stood down in light of a massive drop in railway travel, TSSA said today.
The rail union’s call came as statistics from Downing Street showed a widespread decline in the use of public transport since the coronavirus lockdown took effect, with the number of rail journeys now just 20 per cent of what is usually is.
TSSA was set to have a meeting with the Commons transport select committee today.
General secretary Manuel Cortes said that the drop in public transport use was “good news” as only essential front-line workers should be travelling during the pandemic.
The union believes that key workers must be given free travel to their workplaces, as has been implemented by Transport for Wales and in the West Midlands, he said.
“Very sadly, we have seen some deaths among public transport staff and I’m now urging the government to make it clear that all non-essential public transport workers should be stood down. This must be a matter of priority,” Mr Cortes said.
“We need a standard approach on this across our railways and the wider transport network.
“We know that some companies continue to have booking offices and gate staff working at stations: this flies in the face of the government’s own advice.”
Mr Cortes said that he was happy to work with ministers during the crisis “because we must all realise that this is a battle for lives, not company profits.
“I hope they have the good sense to act so that no-one is working on public transport without due cause.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.