Health and safety

UK to work 'tirelessly' with unions to support transport workers

19 March 2020

The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has promised to work with transport unions to ensure workers are supported during the Covid-19 outbreak.

In a joint statement by the DfT and trade unions Transport ministers pledged to 'work tirelessly' with unions to support staff in the transport industry through not only the immediate challenges but also the issues that will affect the sector once the country has overcome the pandemic.

The DfT and all major transport-focused trade unions on March 18 held the first in a series of ministerial calls to discuss the impact of coronavirus on the transport industry and its workers.

The government and unions reiterated the importance of working together at this crucial time for the country to ensure that all areas of the industry and all the people working within it have the appropriate support needed over the coming period.

Both the government and the unions underlined the vital role that transport workers play in keeping the country moving and ministers recognised the importance of maintaining worker safety and support for businesses.

Unions taking part in the ministerial calls include: Unite, GMB, Prospect, Nautilus International, RMT, ASLEF, TSSA, BALPA, and TUC.