A message from railway workers

2020-03-23 -
Array, ASLEF

As railway workers, we cannot work at home. But we are pleading with the travelling public, if you can work from home, please do.

Because we want to do all we can to make sure that key workers, and essential goods, are transported around the country. And we will do everything we can to help our country fight and beat this pandemic.

But we need your help. Crowded trains are a danger. Not just to you, as an individual, but to the key workers who have to travel on them. We must all do everything in our power to protect these people as they do everything in their power to keep us safe.

That’s why we are asking you, before you get on a train, tram, or tube, ask yourself: do I really need to make this journey? And if the answer is no, please stay at home.

We know that many people, who are not traditionally employed, whether self-employed, on zero-hour contracts, or working in the gig economy, feel they have no choice but to go to work because of their financial situation. If they do not go to work they cannot pay the rent or put food on the table. That’s why we are calling on the government to do far more to help these workers. No one should be putting themselves, and others, in danger because of the financial risks of not taking a journey.

Working together, we will beat coronavirus. That’s why, as railway workers, we ask the public, and the government, to help us to help you.

Stay safe

Mick Whelan, ASLEF; Mick Cash, RMT; Manuel Cortes, TSSA; Diana Holland, Unite

The text of the statement above with the logos of the four unions