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Tories threaten health and safety laws

Issue No. 2206

The Tories’ new “review” of health and safety legislation threatens to put workers’ lives at risk.

David Cameron thinks that health and safety laws are “over the top” and have led to the rise of a “compensation culture”.

He denounces a world where “office workers are banned from moving a chair without expert supervision”.

This doesn’t fit with most people’s experience and it reflects how out of touch Cameron is.

A quarter of a million people are injured at work every year and half a million more are made ill.

The review will be run by Lord Young—who was secretary of state for trade and industry in Thatcher’s government and saw through many 1980s privatisations.

This is not about clearing out “silly” laws. It is another attempt to give more freedom to the bosses at our expense.


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