RMT threatens strike action over legionella on trains

An article released by the BBC states how a rail line company has had traces of Legionnaires disease on their trains.

A rail union has said it will consider strike action over the threat of “potentially lethal” legionella bacteria found on Thameslink trains.

Trace amounts of legionella were found in seven toilets on four trains.

Thameslink said the toilets had been drained and bleached but the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said this was “half-hearted and inadequate”.

The train operator said there was “no recorded case of anyone, ever, contracting legionella from a train”.

The union said there were seven toilets on four trains that had “actionable traces” of the bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires’ disease.

Left untreated Legionnaires’ disease – a lung infection caused by legionella bacteria – can be fatal.

Initial symptoms are flulike and include a high fever and muscle pain. The disease is treated with intravenous antibiotics.

Legionella bacteria are commonly found in sources of water, such as rivers and lakes, and sometimes find their way into manmade water supply systems. The bacteria are also linked to a milder flulike illness called Pontiac fever.

The union has called for an urgent meeting of Thameslink’s Joint Safety Committee.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the union had been “raising concerns for weeks now”.

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