PCS slams lack of PPE for all Border Force staff at ports and airports following death

15 Apr 2020

PCS is demanding all Border Force staff are equipped with personal protective equipment as a matter of urgency, following a second death at Heathrow reportedly from Covid-19.  

A PCS member who died last week is the second in Border Force to reportedly die from Covid 19, following the tragic death of Sudhir Sharma who contracted the virus outside of work.  

We have demanded management takes action to protect members from the Corona virus and have slammed a lax attitude to safety. 

Reacting to the situation at Heathrow, PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is a disgrace that management is refusing to provide PPE equipment to all Border Force staff who take risks every day dealing with the travelling public and keeping airports and ports safe.   

“Worse still, bosses have refused to even allow PCS members to wear face masks at passport control because it gives the 'wrong impression' and have minimised the obvious risks staff take every day at work.   

“The impression Border Force bosses are giving is that they do not care about the safety of their staff, despite more than 10,000 people in the UK dying from Covid-19 so far.  

“This outrageous behaviour comes less than a week after similar lack of regard for the safety of staff at the passport office. 

“The home secretary must intervene and ensure our members can go to work fully protected from corona.” 

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