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TSSA responds to BTP investigation into Belly Mujinga case

29 May 2020

The British Transport Police (BTP) has today released a statement having concluded their investigation into the incident at Victoria Station in March which preceded the death of railway ticket office clerk Belly Mujinga.

 The BTP is taking no further action after its investigation, which included reviewing CCTV footage, interviewing witnesses and a 57 year old man in connection with the matter.

Belly Mujinga was a TSSA member and it was the trade union which reported the incident to the Office for Road and Rail’s Railway Inspectorate (the health and safety body overseeing Britain’s railways) in April and subsequently, the BTP started to conduct their own investigation.


Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said: “We are pleased that the British Transport Police investigated this incident as it sends a very strong message that abuse and attacks directed at transport workers are always unacceptable.

“We hope that the ORR’s health and safety investigation – which is ongoing – will help to establish more facts about this case and put in place clear guidance on protecting rail workers from this killer virus.

“What is clear is that protective equipment is absolutely vital to protect front line workers like Belly. All transport workers on the front line should have access to masks, visors, hand sanitiser and other protective equipment. Even this week, Belly’s GTR colleagues at Victoria Station still did not have visors despite other companies providing them. This has to change now. Staff are scared and infection rates remain high.

“Our thoughts and support remain with Belly’s family and her colleagues throughout this time.”

 

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