Justice for Railway Worker Killed by Coronavirus Due to Lack of Protective Equipment

Target: Patrick Verwer, CEO, Govia Thameslink Railway

Goal: Offer support and compensation to family of railway worker who died of coronavirus after being spat on by passenger.

Belly Mujinga, a 47-year old railway ticket officer who worked for the UK’s Govia Thameslink, died last month of coronavirus after being spat on by a smartly-dressed commuter. But colleagues and family of Mrs. Mujinga have claimed that not only was she not given any protective clothing at her post in London’s Victoria Station, she also suffered from respiratory problems that made her particularly vulnerable to the virus.

Mrs. Mujinga was sent back to work immediately after, still without protective gear. Only days after the spitting incident, she was diagnosed with coronavirus, dying on April 5, leaving an 11-year old daughter and a husband.

As Britain prepares to reopen despite warnings of a second wave of infections, workers in exposed sectors like transportation deserve protection and assurances of their safety, beginning with protective clothing, masks, and financial compensation for the extraordinary risks they take. Sign below and demand that Govia Thameslink’s CEO grant financial support for this workers’ family and better protect his employees.


Dear Mr. Verwer,

The death of Belly Mujinga was an avoidable tragedy that has left her family grieving and her coworkers terrified to do their jobs. Mrs. Mujinga’s death was the result of the cruelty of a private individual, but your management team was responsible for forcing her to work when she was afraid and had no protective gear.

I demand that you offer Mrs. Mujinga’s family your support and compensation as they struggle with their loss, and that you take the safety and lives of your employees seriously as they heroically work through an unprecedented catastrophe.


[Your Name Here]

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