LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan is failing to provide adequate PPE for Transport for London workers, according to a TFL insider, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.
A TFL whistleblower claimed that despite Mayor Khan’s insistence, basic safety measures for TFL workers are not being maintained during the Coronavirus pandemic, exposing them to considerable danger.
The insider slammed Mr Khan, telling Politicalite “he’s a hypocrite; he keeps attacking the government for not imposing this thing whereby people wear masks… on one hand he does that, but on the other, he shows his complete lack of care for the people who work for the organisation he heads up”.
Khan stated during an interview that while he supported current government advice, he felt that people should “wear non-medical facial coverings, particularly where they can’t keep their social distance”, highlighting transport as one example.
Despite this, the insider revealed that “the equipment isn’t available. If it was, people would wear it”.
The TFL employee also highlighted a lack of PPE and facial coverings offered to the transport workers at this present time.
The source continued, “TFL have provided very little PPE… hand gel and hand sanitiser is about all… no face masks, which Sadiq Khan has been preaching about today”.
Our insider highlighted that 18 TFL staff members have died so far, as a sign of Khan’s hypocrisy and lack of urgency on the subject.
The whistleblower also highlighted that because ‘the TFL worker is more likely to be carrying this virus, therefore surely his priority should be that they have the PPE, which he’s completely overlooked or disregarded’.
A spokesman for the London Mayor told Politicalite: “In correspondence with the author of this article, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office confirmed that the reason why such equipment isn’t available for TFL workers is that the ‘latest advice from scientific experts is that PPE is not required in non-care settings and could be counterproductive.”
“As this is being constantly reviewed the Mayor has asked TFL to look into the availability of PPE for transport workers should the advice change’.”
He also highlighted that ‘extensive daily cleaning takes place across the network’ and that TFL ‘has asked customers to not sit in seats nearest to bus drivers with signage’ and ‘will be introducing middle-door only boarding on all London buses from Monday following a successful trial’. He also confirmed that ‘all drivers on London Buses are shielded from public interaction by a clear protective screen’.