Translink drivers are out risking their health and the health of their families to deliver essential services
GMB, the Union for the Northern Ireland transport provider Translink, have called on the public to avoid using public transport unless ‘absolutely necessary’ to protect drivers and other essential workers.
The union argues that drivers are risking their health and the health of their families to transport NHS workers, care workers and other essential workers during the pandemic.
Peter Macklin, GMB organiser for Translink said:
“Our drivers are out risking their health and the health of their families, and we’re urging the public not to use public transport unless absolutely necessary.
“Whilst we have negotiated hand sanitiser, protective coverings, cashless transactions alongside other forms of PPE and social distancing, our drivers still face increased risk of catching COVID19.
“We need to prioritise NHS workers, care staff and other essential workers during this pandemic and anyone using public transport for a trip that is anything less that utterly necessary is frankly reckless, and putting our drivers health at risk in the current climate.
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