(CMR) A London train station worker died on April 5 after she was spat at by a man who had COVID-19.
47-year-old Belly Mujinga was at work at London’s Victoria Station on March 22, 2020 when she and her colleague were attacked by a man.
It is alleged that Belly and her colleague, both black females, were out on the concourse when a man repeatedly coughed and spat at them while declaring he had the coronavirus.
Days after the attack, both women fell ill.
However, Mujinga who had underlying respiratory problems, was admitted to Barnet Hospital.
Since Mujinga’s passing several of her family members and work colleagues have voiced their concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) frontline staff.
“She shouldn’t have been sent out without any PPE. We want justice for Belly,” said her colleague and cousin, Agnes, who also witnessed the incident.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association Union, of which Belly was a part of, has since come out to denounce the attack which subsequently led to her demise.
“Sadly, Belly’s is just one of many family tragedies where children have had their parents taken away from them. However, there are serious questions about her death, it wasn’t inevitable,” said TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes.
“As a vulnerable person in the ‘at risk’ category and her condition known to her employer, there are questions about why GTR didn’t stand her down from front line duties early on in this pandemic. The assault she suffered at work was scary and we do not think the company treated it seriously enough,” added Cortes.