The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has warned that their front line staff could be left to deal with angry passengers who refuse to wear face masks once it has been made mandatory from Tuesday.
Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the RMT, said there needs to be more resources made available to police the use of face coverings, following the Health Secretary Sajid Javid saying it will be made compulsory once again in shops and on public transport.
Lynch said, “We support the wearing of masks but there are major issues about enforcement and it is our members left in the front line with angry passengers who refuse to comply.
“The Government must make the resources available to police this reintroduction of masks. We also need to end this disjointed approach and get some consistency that avoids the chaos and confusion that is a hallmark of this administration.”
Unite’s national officer for passenger transport, Bobby Morton, blasted the government’s “inconsistent messaging” over the use of face masks.
Morton said, “The Government’s previous inconsistent messaging on face-mask wearing is almost certainly going to result in a high degree of non-compliance.
“Unite’s advice to bus drivers is clear: It is not their role to enforce mask wearing, their responsibility is to safely drive and operate the bus. The job of enforcing mask wearing is that of the bus operator and the police.”