Station staff: take action to ensure safe distancing!

Posted in Tubeworker's blog on Wed, 25/03/2020 - 14:01,

We're hearing some reports of local managers insisting that all CSAs continue to work on the gateline, despite the difficulties that presents for ensuring social distancing.

If this doesn't stop, we urge station staff to take matters into their own hands. Work out a rotation between you, and practise safe social distancing by removing to other parts of the station, to the control room, or mess rooms - wherever you can maintain safe distancing from other staff and passengers.

Section 44 of the 1996 Employment Rights Act gives all workers the right to refuse work, and remove themselves to a place of safety, if they are being asked to do something that puts them in "serious and imminent danger". If managers make us work in a way that prevents safe distancing, workers can take action based on this legislation.

We urge CSSs and CSMs to put local arrangements in place, including rotation of staff, to ensure distancing and minimisation of risk.

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