Socialist Worker

Health and Safety


Hundreds walk out at Northern Rail against unsafe driver only trains

Hundreds walk out at Northern Rail against unsafe driver only trains Northern rail workers walked out on Saturday of last week in the latest action in their long-running fight for passenger safety.

Grenfell adviser says do not ban all flammable cladding

Grenfell adviser says do not ban all flammable cladding Over 200 people joined the monthly Silent Walk for Grenfell last Saturday—the first since the one-year anniversary of the blaze at the west London tower block.

Fresh strikes on South Western to derail plan to scrap guards

Fresh strikes on South Western to derail plan to scrap guards The RMT union has announced a fresh round of strikes on the South Western Railway (SWR) as part of a long-running dispute over driver only operation (DOO).

Storm over student mental health crisis

Storm over student mental health crisis Hundreds of students joined a March for Mental Health in Bristol last Friday demanding that the university improves its mental health services.

Grenfell protesters prepare to take message to parliament

Grenfell protesters prepare to take message to parliament Over 1,000 joined the Silent Walk ten months after the fire. And the next one will coincide with a House of Commons debate

Cladding firm linked to Grenfell Tower fire showed contempt for safety

Cladding firm linked to Grenfell Tower fire showed contempt for safety A firm linked to the flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower told its clients in 2015 that its Reynobond PE product achieved only a Euroclass E fire safety rating.

Grenfell fire survivors slam inquiry and plan to protest

05 December 2017
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have launched a petition calling on Tory prime minister Theresa May to give them more input into the inquiry into the causes of the fire.

More people died in Grenfell Tower fire than the Tories will admit

14 November 2017
New figures suggest that some 99 people died in the Grenfell Tower fire—and Kensington and Chelsea council is still dragging its feet on rehousing survivors, says Alistair Farrow

More flammable cladding and fewer firefighters—Tory Britain after Grenfell

31 October 2017
“It’s like cladding your home in solid petrol,” fire expert and surveyor Arnold Tarling told the BBC last week.

Updated: marchers demand justice for Grenfell as Tories refuse to fund sprinklers

14 October 2017
Up to 1,500 people marched through North Kensington in west London on Saturday night to demand justice for the people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire.

Inquiry into Grenfell fire carves out residents as blocks fail safety tests

19 September 2017
Opposition grows to Haringey demolition plans. Tenants delay Genesis housing association merger.

Every train still needs a guard—as the rail tycoons know full well

14 August 2017
With leaked emails, a trial by jury and an accident report, evidence against the Tories’ push for ‘driver-only operation’ is mounting, writes Raymie Kiernan

‘We’ve got no faith in Grenfell fire inquiry’

08 August 2017
Tenants organise as landlords and Tories refuse to act on the lessons of the disaster

Grenfell: corporate manslaughter charges are not enough

28 July 2017
Police investigating the Grenfell Tower fire have announced that they may have “reasonable grounds” to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences have been committed.

Rail workers rally against cuts that threaten safety

02 May 2017
Hundreds of workers joined a protest outside Parliament in London, and strikes are coming.

Officials covered up birth defects link to protect drug firm

21 March 2017
New evidence has emerged of a cover-up involving the government, medical authorities and giant corporations.

Rail strikers win solidarity in fight for safety

14 March 2017
Over half of Northern rail services and 80 percent of Merseyrail services were cancelled on Monday as both firms became the latest to see walkouts by train guards.

Southern strikes are on the right track as bosses feel the heat

23 August 2016
Bosses at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) face fresh strikes in their battle with rail workers’ unions to undermine safety and slash services.

How runaway train profits derail safety

09 August 2016
Private train firms are wreaking chaos on the railways and making passengers’ lives a misery. Now they want to ram through even more attacks—but a series of strikes to defend safety could stop them in their tracks, writes Raymie Kiernan

Surface tension—the battle against the North Sea oil bosses

29 July 2016
Offshore oil workers have a tough life—and to keep up profits bosses are out to make it even tougher. But a new wave of strikes could put a stop to that. Raymie Kiernan spoke to trade unionists organising on the North Sea rigs

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.