Face masks and your safety
A message from Unite national officer Bobby Morton
Like you I was horrified when the government announced that it intended to abolish the compulsory wearing of masks and face coverings on public transport. Unite believes that this is a reckless and dangerous act which imperils the safety of passengers and drivers alike, particularly with cases of Covid-19 increasing dramatically.
Bus drivers have been on the frontline of the pandemic for 16 months and to treat you in such a manner is simply appalling. It is hugely disappointing that despite Unite raising its concerns the government is intent on abolishing the requirement to wear face masks.
Due to the government’s reckless actions it is important that you are aware that you have a legal right to withdraw from a workplace if you genuinely believe that by continuing to work your health and safety is being placed in serious and imminent danger.
This is covered by section 44 and section 100 of the Employment Rights Act. For more information on your rights see section 44 & section 100 advice from Unite.
If you are forced to protect your health and safety by refusing to undertake dangerous work, contact your shop steward or regional officer immediately for further support and advice.
Yours in solidarity
National Officer, Passenger Transport