Five London bus workers have died after testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
Unite regional Secretary Peter Kavanagh described each of the deaths as a “terrible tragedy” and that the union “will assist the families of (its) members in every possible way during this time.”
He says Unite has been working with Transport for London (TfL) and its operators to ensure the safety of drivers and others in the industry. It includes calls upon the government for provision of personal protective equipment.
Workers are doing a “heroic job in getting NHS and care workers to their places of work,” he adds.
The news follows the death on 28 March of Bristol-based First Bus driver Martin Egan, believed to be the first bus driver to die after testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
In a tribute to Mr Egan, First West of England Managing Director James Freeman said: “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family and friends. Martin was a hugely respected member of our team and I know this will be devastating news for his colleagues and customers. His presence will be greatly missed.”
Mr Freeman has confirmed that a Bristol East Citylines gas bus will be named in Mr Egan’s honour.