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Health and Safety


How government cronies were gifted a fast track to PPE profits

How government cronies were gifted  a fast track to PPE profits An official investigation has found that firms with political connections were ten times more likely to win contracts.

Network Rail safety failings led to the deaths of two workers

Network Rail safety failings led to the deaths of two workers A report into the deaths of two rail workers in July 2019 has revealed wholly avoidable safety failures.

Grenfell inquiry hears of distorted tests as key firm refuses to testify

Grenfell inquiry hears of distorted tests as key firm refuses to testify The Grenfell Tower Inquiry heard further evidence this week that profit and commercial priorities were more important than safety.

Education workers demand schools close during lockdown, and discuss how to make it happen

Education workers demand schools close during lockdown, and discuss how to make it happen The Tory plan leaves schools, colleges and universities – major sources of virus transmission – open

Grenfell firms try to avoid justice during blaze inquiry

Grenfell firms try to avoid justice during blaze inquiry Landlords for the Grenfell tower have unveiled shocking revelations at the inquiry into the blaze. Their evidence shows that at every turn profit was prioritised over safety.

‘We’ll keep fighting,’ say We Are With You rehab strikers

‘We’ll keep fighting,’ say We Are With You rehab strikers Workers at We Are With You rehab service in Wigan and Leigh ended their two-week strike last week. But the battle is far from over.

Student protests as coronavirus sweeps through universities

03 October 2020
As Covid-19 outbreaks in universities spread across Britain, students and staff are gearing up for a fightback against universities who have put profits before safety.

Tories vote against implementing Grenfell fire recommendations

08 September 2020
Measures included guidelines for carrying out evacuations of high-rise buildings and regular fire door checks

Doctors reveal systematic failure to deal with Covid-19 in workplaces

06 September 2020
A group of doctors is arguing that workplaces are now the frontline in the battle against Covid-19—and hazardous working conditions are responsible for mass outbreaks.

Students return to schools despite safety fears

03 September 2020
Children across England have begun returning to schools this week. The Tories claim they want everyone back so that students don’t miss out on education and vulnerable children have more support.

Tories want us to risk our health for their profits

28 August 2020
On Friday, The Tories ramped up their drive to get people back to offices with a mixture of contrived compassion and thinly-veiled threats. Their demand for a return to work and school has only to do with profits.

Production continues as 300 workers test positive for Covid-19 at sandwich plant

14 August 2020
Overpriced, pre-packaged sandwiches shouldn’t be a matter of life and death, but for Greencore factory workers that could be the case.

Horrific Beirut explosion fuels anger against Lebanon’s corrupt elite

05 August 2020
An enormous explosion in Beirut will cause more misery for ordinary people—and could spur further rage at the government.

Tories didn’t prepare for a pandemic and then made up policy ‘on the hoof’

23 July 2020
The government showed an “astonishing” failure to plan for the economic fallout from a pandemic, according to a group of MPs.

Construction workers build fight for a safer industry

14 July 2020
Members of the construction safety campaign organised a protest at the site of a crane collapse in east London last week.

Derby care homes saved + BT terms fight + NHS safety scandals

01 June 2020
In the face of a union campaign and mounting public pressure, Derbyshire county council last week announced a reversal of plans to close seven care homes in the county.

If it’s not safe Asos workers must walk

19 May 2020
A suspected coronavirus outbreak at an Asos retail warehouse has sparked calls for the site to be closed while a deep clean is carried out.

Tories are still leaving care home residents to die

14 May 2020
Government coronavirus failures in social care continue to endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of service users and workers.

Blame for virus chaos lies at the top - not with ordinary people

12 May 2020
People crowding onto public transport this week were mocked as sheep with a death-wish by some on social media.

The battle is on - we can refuse to work

12 May 2020
It is possible to refuse to go back to work. Teachers in the NEU union have said it clearest. They’ve laid out five tests that have to be met before they can agree it’s safe to open schools.

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