Following earlier comments from Manuel Cortes of rail union TSSA that “increasing rail services at this point is both impractical and unsafe for our members and the travelling public”, the RMT has now added its concern to the debate.
“There is a headlong dash to lift the lockdown on our transport services for the 18th May and it is fraught with danger for both passengers and staff alike,” said general secretary Mick Cash.
“To maintain the government’s own social distancing guidance would mean huge logistical and staffing input to manage passenger flows onto trains, and it is imperative that all staff involved in this process are properly protected.
“RMT will not compromise on the health, safety and livelihoods of our members and we will not agree to anything that fails to put the safety of staff and passengers first. If that means advising our members not to work under conditions that are unsafe and in breach of the government’s own guidelines, then that is exactly what we will do.”