TSSA calls for coronavirus compensation scheme to be extended to transport workers

The TSSA has written to the Prime Minister to ask for the government’s coronavirus compensation scheme to be extended to the families of transport workers.

The call comes as the British Transport Police are investigating the death of TSSA member and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) ticket office worker Belly Mujinga, who died after being spat at on the concourse of Victoria Station.

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said:“Belly’s story has touched the nation and has travelled across the world. The protection of transport and all front line workers is absolutely essential. These are the people who have kept our country moving through the worst of the pandemic and that’s why I’ve written to the Prime Minister asking for the compensation scheme currently available to NHS staff to be extended to transport workers.

“In many of my meetings and calls I have people passing on their condolences and saying how much Belly’s story affected them, including the Transport Secretary this week. Belly’s is one of too many sad stories of people losing their lives. We now want the best protections and safest workplaces for all workers to prevent anyone catching this terrible disease.”

TSSA organiser Maggie Hayes, who represents members at GTR based in Victoria Station, said: “I am in awe of Belly’s family and colleagues. But unfortunately there are still basic protections missing from GTR workplaces, such as protective visors for frontline staff. If the company is serious about protecting its staff then they must provide visors and put in place better health and safety measures at Victoria station and elsewhere. We won’t be letting this go.”

Belly Mujinga left behind a husband and her eleven-year-old daughter. A fundraiser to support her family has already raised more than £41,000.

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