RMT fury at findings of LU Covid-19 risk assessment for BAME workers
  • Union fury as London Underground bosses say BAME staff at no greater risk from Covid-19 at work, than if they stayed at home.

RMT has revealed that in a London Underground document entitled “Covid-19 Risk Assessment for BAME and clinically vulnerable employees Guidance for all line managers” dated 5th June tube bosses have said;

“You can reassure them that we have assessed the risks and put controls in place; and assure them that the risk is no greater at work than not being at work (unless they stay in their home and go nowhere). It’s important also to remind people that being at work is good for individuals and their health. There can be long term health implications for individuals who are not in work for prolonged periods.”

The union is also furious that senior London Underground management have not consulted with union health and safety reps prior to producing the document.

Last month RMT called on industry bosses and safety regulators in the transport sector to take steps to protect BAME workers. On 1 June 2020, the London Mayor made a statement to say that tube bosses should carry out a risk assessment which considers the physical and mental health needs of all vulnerable staff, including BAME, older and those with pre-existing conditions.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;

“It is simply beyond belief that after the Mayor’s announcement and all his campaigns to highlight the impact of Covid-19 on BAME people that his own managers can produce such an insensitive and patently inaccurate document.

“To say that BAME and vulnerable staff who may have to work in the confined and crowded spaces of London Underground are at no greater risk than if they stayed at home is dangerous garbage.

“I have no doubt that we are in this position because management ignored our offer to involve our experienced health and safety reps at an earlier stage and I am now calling on the Mayor to intervene to protect our members and properly involve the trade unions.”

> RMT National News

Thursday, 3rd December
RMT welcomes relaunch ‎of Hull Trains and some Grand Central services today and calls for support and stability for open-access rail operators.
Tuesday, 1st December
RMT responds to Government loan to fund Crossrail and renews calls on Government to stop treating TfL like a political football
Monday, 30th November
TRANSPORT UNON RMT has written to all police and crime commissioners across England through the Association of Chief Police Officers asking them if they have robust plans to ensure bus passengers are wearing facial coverings on buses - the British Transport Police are patrolling trains on occasions to ensure compliance from rail passengers unless they are exempt.
Sunday, 29th November
Rail union RMT calls for urgent meeting with Sir Peter Hendy to discuss Christmas transport plans.
Friday, 27th November
RMT remembers the victims of the MV Swanland tragedy and commits to fight for higher seafarer safety standards