Wednesday, 8 April 2020

London bus drivers must be provided protection against COVID-19

Join the Fight for a CoronaContract and Solidarity with Bus Drivers

Please find below a mailing from the #CoronaContract campaign. Please share this widely and join their webinar this Thursday 9 April at 7pm.
Dear colleagues and comrades,
Apologies for this mass email. My name is Jordan, I’m a fixed-term postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck, UCU member and one of the organisers of the #CoronaContract campaign to secure the livelihoods of precarious university staff during this crisis.
Will you please consider sharing this email with your members and relevant lists?
Our open letter has gathered over 1000 signatures and counting, and we were recently featured in a Guardian article calling out universities’ shameful treatment of casualised workers.
This Thursday at 7pm we will be hosting a #CoronaContract webinar, featuring UCU President Elect Vicky Blake and a host of inspiring anti-casualisation organisers. We’ll discuss the background to our campaign and the practical ways we’re going to exert pressure on our universities, unions, and the wider public in order to secure our livelihoods during this crisis and beyond. Please join us by registering here...
In order for our campaign to succeed we need to get the word out as much as possible. Please join us on the webinar, follow and RT us on Twitter @CoronaContract, and sign our open letter.
In solidarity,

London bus drivers must be provided protection against COVID-19 

In light of recent disheartening news in relation to  the death of 8 London bus drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, I strongly believe measures need to be taken to protect our essential bus drivers, who are responsible for allowing key workers to complete their daily journeys. Bus drivers are not being provided with basic personal protective equipment such as gloves, hand sanitisers or face masks. This puts our essential workers at risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to everyone they interact with, including key workers travelling on the buses and their families when they return home. Please help our essential workers to stay safe and healthy while providing essential services. There is no doubt that leaving their houses is putting them at risk primarily but providing that extra protection may be the difference between life and death. They are doing their jobs to help you and your families. Please place yourself in the shoes of our essential workers and help them to stay safe during this pandemic.

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