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London demonstration marks Workers' Memorial Day

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2099

Workers from a range of unions joined a march in London on Monday to mark Workers' Memorial Day. The event remembers workers who have died due to accidents at their workplaces and presses the case for safety before profit.

This year's march was joined by workers from the Health and Safety Executive who came out from work during an 'extended teabreak'.

Prospect union rep Simon Hester said the present number of 14 inspectors for all the construction sites in London was inadequate and that employers knew the chance of a random inspection was virtually zero.

Christine Hurley, the PCS union branch secretary, added that staff were opposed to the transfer of the office to Bootle in Liverpool and that highly skilled workers would inevitably be lost. Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary, spoke at the rally.

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Tue 29 Apr 2008, 18:01 BST
Issue No. 2099
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