Transport unions join call to shut construction sites

Transport unions have joined calls for construction sites to be closed due to unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus crisis.

Unite last week issued an appeal for evidence of unsafe sites, the pressure ramped up yesterday as more evidence emerged, and today other unions expressed concerns about members continuing work on building sites, in factories, warehouses and in call centres. The CWU called for all unsafe workplaces to be closed.

Transport unions have joined those calls, echoing concerns expressed by their members about the amount of people using public transport to get to work. Last week, they pleaded with commuters to stay off the Tube.

ASLEF tweeted: “Shocking scenes again on London Underground. Workers being forced to take unnecessary journeys by unscrupulous employers. Government must take action to close non-essential workplaces so our members can continue to provide safe services for key workers.”

And TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “We are calling for construction sites to be shut down during this critical period. The government should have done this already as thousands of construction workers are travelling by public transport when the priority should be reducing contact to beat the coronavirus.

“The situation is too serious for half measures – all non-key workers need to stay at home. We need to protect our NHS and save lives.”

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