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Union welcomes inquest into death of rail worker Belly Mujinga


Union leaders have welcomed the decision for an inquest into the death of railway worker Belly Mujinga.

Ms Mujinga, who worked in Victoria Station in central London, died with coronavirus in April 2020.

She had reportedly been coughed and spat on by a man on the concourse shortly before she contracted the virus.

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British Transport Police launched an investigation but said there was not enough evidence that a crime had taken place. The inquest will start on June 27 and last up to seven days.

‘Death sent shockwaves across country’

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of Ms Mujinga’s trade union the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, said: “We warmly welcome confirmation of dates for the inquest into Belly Mujinga’s death. Her family, friends and colleagues have been waiting almost two years for justice.

“Our union stands shoulder to shoulder with Belly’s family and colleagues. Her death sent shock and sadness across our railway family and much further, in fact her story touched the world.

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“We hope that the inquiry will reveal the truth of what happened to Belly and provide comfort for her family.

“It is vital that all front-line workers, in transport, health and all parts of our economy, are protected from this awful virus which is still claiming lives.”

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