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TSSA All Members Letter On Coronavirus -From Manuel Cortes

18 March 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has written to all members outlining the steps the union is taking in the face of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Cortes thanks members for their ‘commitment and hard work’ in these testing times, saying ‘we all have a duty to do all we can to keep Britain and Ireland moving’ and that ‘working together for the benefit of everyone is a core value’ of TSSA.

He details the union’s ongoing discussions with governments in London and Dublin, as well as talks with key employers across transport and travel – all of which will continue until the crisis is over.

The union boss goes on to make clear TSSA ‘is demanding that none of you suffer a financial loss ‘as a result of going into self-isolation', or any other changes to relating to work and the virus.


Manuel Cortes’ letter to members is as follows:

 18th March 2020

Dear TSSA member,

I want to thank you for your commitment and hard work towards keeping Britain and Ireland moving at this difficult time. I also want to give you some reassurance by telling you what our union is doing in the face of the Coronavarius pandemic.

I am in regular discussions with the Department for Transport in Britain and I have also written to the Irish Transport Minister regarding the outbreak of the pandemic. In addition, our union is in regular contact with key employers within our transport and travel industries. This will continue until this pandemic has subsided in both Britain and Ireland.

Our union is demanding that none of you suffer a financial loss as a result of going into self-isolation, being ill with the virus or changes to the way you work which might result in homeworking or simply having to stay away from your workplace either on health and safety grounds or to look after dependents. In addition, we are also discussing what measures can be put in place to minimise the risk for those of you who will be required to go into work to keep Britain and Ireland moving.

I am also making strong representation to politicians and employers to ensure that none of you are laid off as a result of this crisis and that in return for industrial peace, ongoing re-organisations and disciplinary processes are suspended until the epidemic has subsided.

As you will appreciate, this is a fast-moving situation and we will endeavour to keep you posted. As a result of this, we have now created a special section within our website that you can see here:

As we face a health emergency, we all have a duty to do all we can to keep Britain and Ireland moving. Medical supplies, food and other essential goods need to be transported and, of course, many key medical and other workers (including our own members in operational roles) still rely on us to get to work.

I am immensely proud of the commitment of those of you who are maintaining and operating our transport networks in both Britain and Ireland whatever the circumstances. Working together for the benefit of everyone is a core value that everyone in our TSSA family shares.

Finally, at this difficult time it is important that we can effectively contact you with any updated advice and guidance. Please ensure we have the correct or best email address and mobile number for you - you can either log into My TSSA here or email with your contact details – we will be unable to send hard copy communications out so this is really important. Please also pass this on to any other members who have not received it and ask them to do the same.

Thank you for your commitment and understating at this difficult time and please do your best to stay healthy.

In solidarity,

Manuel Cortes

General Secretary

Twitter: @TSSAunion

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