Monthly Archives: May 2020

Transport London buses to resume front door boarding as TfL introduce new safety measures......

London’s buses are set to resume front door boarding after months of safety measures brought in to protect transport staff from coronavirusTransport for London (TfL) has said.

But TfL has now introduced a raft of new measures aimed at minimising the Covid-19 risk to drivers.

Front door boarding will be reinstated on 124 bus routes from Saturday, with customers required to touch on using their Oyster, contactless or concessionary cards.  Click here to read more.

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TfL urges employers to keep staff at home during coronavirus......

Transport for London (TfL) has urged businesses to keep staff working from home if possible, amid fears that social distancing will be under threat as coronavirus lockdown lifts.

Almost half of Londoners don’t own a car, and rely on public transport for their commute – with four million Tube trips on a normal week day.

But to keep passengers at a two metre distance, and stop the spread of Covid-19, packed trains and buses will be slashed to between 13 and 15 per cent of normal capacity.  Click here to read more.

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PPE not promises......

Every day thousands of dedicated care and NHS staff and other key workers are forced to put themselves, their families and the people they care for in harm’s way because many do not have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to do their jobs safely.

And every day we see more of these staff pay the ultimate price for their dedication and selfless service.

We can’t go on like this.  Click here to read more and sign the petition.

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29,000 claims a year despite 50 years since Equal Pay Act......

A consistently high number of workers are alleging that their employers are illegally paying them less than colleagues in similar roles, according to research released to mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.

The act, which established the legal principle that workers should receive equal pay for equal work, was given royal assent on 29 May 1970, following the huge publicity generated by striking sewing machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant.  Click here to read more.

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This must not be beginning of the end for pensioners’ right to their Freedom Pass......

TRANSPORT chiefs have been warned the suspension of free travel for elderly passengers in rush hour must not become a permanent measure.

Thousands of Freedom Pass passengers were told this week that the dispensation was being scrapped as the government announced a bailout deal for Transport for London (TfL). The move followed a 90 per cent drop in revenue on the buses and trains during the coronavirus crisis and direct advice not to use the network unless journeys are essential.

Measures attached to the £1.6billion deal, however, have included an end to fare freezes and increased congestion charges. And in a bid to also reduce overcrowding, there is also a suspension to free travel for children and, in peak times, for pensioners.  Click here to read more.

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The NHS surcharge debacle reveals a government both cruel and useless......

Voters will occasionally forgive a government they deem heartless, if they reckon it has the steel to get the job done. They might even, though rarely, forgive a government they deem incompetent, if they believe its heart is in the right place. What they will never forgive is a government that is both uncaring and useless. And yet that is precisely the judgement that now hovers over Boris Johnson and the administration he leads.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

 

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Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers’ email addresses......

Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers.

The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government.

It made the error when it emailed new trainees to tell them about training.

Serco said it had apologised and would review its processes “to make sure that this does not happen again”.  Click here to read more.

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London bus driver deaths to be examined in coronavirus study......

The pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus drivers and other transport staff will be examined in a new study after 33 lost their lives.

Transport for London has commissioned the research, which mayor Sadiq Khan said would ensure every possible measure was taken to protect “heroic” staff.

The two-part study will see TfL work with University College London (UCL) to “better understand the pattern of coronavirus infections and deaths among London’s bus workers”.  Click here to read more.

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Bereavement scheme extended to all NHS support staff and social care workers after backlash......

A bereavement scheme set up to support the families of workers who die of coronavirus.has been extended to the families and dependents of all NHS support staff and social care workers.

The Home Office made the announcement following criticism that care workers, cleaners and porters had been left out of the scheme, which only applied to certain occupations including nurses, biochemists and radiographers.

 

Under the scheme announced in April, families of health workers who have died after contracting Covid-19 have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.  Click here to read more.

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