Sadiq Khan has today insisted the lockdown is not over as he came under fire for bowing to pressure from union bosses and failing to increase capacity on London’s straining Tube network.
The Mayor of London said in a statement said that the ‘lockdown hasn’t been lifted’ and that you must not use transport for ‘unnecessary journeys’.
It comes after he failed to demand extra trains be put on by TfL bosses, 슬롯사이트추천 despite the Prime Minister signalling in last night’s speech that millions of people should get back to work today.
Instead Mr Khan appeared to side with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) who advised its members not to work if they felt unsafe.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a statement said that the ‘lockdown hasn’t been lifted’ and that you must not use transport for ‘unnecessary journeys’
In his statement Mr Khan said: ‘I want to be clear as possible with Londoners – social distancing measures are still in place.
‘Lockdown hasn’t been lifted and we all still need to play our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19.
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‘You must still stay at home as much as possible and keep a safe two-metre distance from other people at all times when you are out.’
It comes amid confusion over the government’s messaging this morning after a disastrous media round by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
He said insisted the government is not urging workers to return until Wednesday – when most were already on their way by road or public transport this morning.
A very busy London Underground this morning with people all heading back to work at Canary Wharf station. The carriage was packed to capacity with very little social distancing or wearing of protective masks or gloves
The Mayor of London posted a statement online in reaction to the Prime Minister’s announcement last night
Union leaders have attacked the Prime Minister’s speech about easing the lockdown, accusing him of sending mixed messages which could have ‘lethal’ consequences.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) advised its members not to work if they felt unsafe.
It said the Government was shifting away from the stay at home message, which would unleash a surge in passengers breaching social- distancing measures with ‘potentially lethal consequences’ for staff and the public.
The statement said: ‘Given the confusion and mixed messaging generated by the government in recent days, RMT has no confidence in the ability of the government to manage lockdown or its easing.
‘To be clear no agreement has been made to change any working practices or social distancing arrangements from tomorrow.
‘Therefore if two metre social distancing cannot be maintained we consider it to be unsafe and members have the legal right to use the worksafe process. On LUL they have the legal right to use the refusal to work policy.
‘RMT will fully back any member who uses this process to ensure their safety.’