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Construction workers

Issue No. 1737

Maureen Brennan confronted Michael Meacher, New Labour MP, as he arrived at a conference over safety on construction sites in central London on Tuesday. She is the mother of Michael Brennan, who was killed on a construction site ten years ago. She is still fighting for justice. Maureen joined other victims' families and construction workers in an angry 100-strong lobby.

Many of them forced their way into the building and succeeded in getting the Health and Safety Executive to address the families. John Prescott, the deputy prime minister, called the conference under pressure from the shocking rate of deaths on sites. Over 100 workers have been killed on construction sites in the past year. But the government refuses to impose stark penalties on companies flouting safety rules to save money.

Bosses and industry representatives were at the meeting, but the only union speaker invited was George Brumwell, head of the UCATT construction workers' union.


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Sat 3 Mar 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1737
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