London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has called on the Mayor of London to provide bus and transport workers with the protections they need to ensure no further staff members fall sick or succumb to coronavirus. Shaun highlighted a number of safety measures being implemented in other cities that could easily be adopted in London.
Shaun is calling for a new and more rigorous bus cleaning regime, the compulsory wearing of masks by workers and passengers, and health screenings for workers before shifts.
In an interesting development, the Labour chair of the GLA transport committee has spoken publicly of the need for more PPE for transport workers. Navin Shah, AM for Brent and Harrow, said onTwitter:
“As topmost priority Government, Mayor of London, Mike Brown, TfL must listen to and work with Trade Unions & workers to implement safety measures incl. urgent supply of PPE. Time is against us – time to act NOW. Take on board experience and advice of workers & their representatives.”
All three of Shaun’s proposed measures have been implemented in cities around the world to fight coronavirus. Most notably, the deep cleaning of a bus after every trip (approximately every two hours) and cleaning air conditioning units will help protect the driver and passengers from the virus.
In addition to these three recommendations, Shaun has sourced a quote from a British supplier of PPE who can supply Transport for London with 600,000 KN95 masks and 600,000 clear heavyweight vinyl gloves – enough supplies to protect every bus worker for over 30 days. Trade unions such as Unite and Aslef are demanding these essential tools and Shaun is ready to introduce the Mayor to the business in question.
Commenting, Londonwide assembly member and mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said:
“I am immensely saddened by the deaths of our transport workers and I offer my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the deceased.
“Transport for London must immediately buck up its ideas and protect all of its workers. Every bus should be deep cleaned between services, its air conditioning cleaned frequently and vehicles checked with UV; drivers and passengers should wear protective masks; and workers should undergo health screenings before every shift.
“For these people to do their job – and be safe whilst doing so – they need PPE. I am therefore calling on Sadiq Khan to source the necessary protective gear to keep staff and passengers safe. If he struggles to find the equipment in the necessary quantities, I’ve already lined up a supplier.
“Unless the public transport network is clean and safe, the people running the services and the key workers who rely on these services are in danger.”