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TSSA congratulates Eurostar on providing visors for frontline rail staff and calls for others to follow

14 May 2020

Transport union TSSA has congratulated cross channel rail company Eurostar for today confirming that all frontline staff will be given visors. TSSA understands that staff will receive the protective equipment from tomorrow in an increased effort to protect frontline workers from coronavirus.

The move comes after news of Victoria Station ticket office worker Belly Mujinga’s death following an assault by a member of the public claiming to have the virus.

TSSA has demanded that Belly Mujinga’s employer, Southern Rail, part of GTR, provides visors for all its frontline staff. In a call this morning the company refused to move on the issue of visors as well as other safety concerns raised by staff unions.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We welcome efforts by Eurostar to provide its frontline staff with protective visors. This is a responsible move to help protect our members who are on the frontline and come into contact with the general public for work.

“As a union, we are deeply disappointed that Belly Mujinga’s employer GTR hasn’t taken the same action. It is the most basic right for a worker to be safe in their workplace and it is incumbent and legal responsibility for employers to ensure their staff’s safety.

“We are loudly calling on GTR and all transport companies to provide protective equipment for staff and to make adjustments to protect workers, including standing down non-essential duties and vulnerable workers. We are also calling on the government to expand the compensation scheme for our NHS and our care staff who die from coronavirus to transport workers.”

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