28 January 2020
E tū says it is monitoring the situation with the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan China, and has so
far claimed 80 lives.
E tū cabin crew regularly fly to China and airport workers interact with thousands of travellers every day. E tū’s Head
of Aviation, Savage says the union’s delegates and Health and Safety reps are keeping a close watch on developments.
“Every employer has a duty of care to ensure employees are well-informed and that safety procedures and equipment are
fit for purpose at the increased risk levels being experienced,” says Savage.
“At the moment the situation does not appear to be worse than the SARS virus, and it’s important for people not to
“However, it is serious, and union members in the air and on the ground are questioning their employers to make sure
they have up to date public health advice and are not unduly exposed to any more risk than they ordinarily are,” he
“It is important that workers talk to their employer whenever they see any risk to health and safety. Everyone at work
has an obligation to be safe at work. But, in an epidemic situation like this, employers have an extra responsibility to
act fast to support the workers most at risk and to ensure they are informed and protected”