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Health and Safety


Horrific Beirut explosion fuels anger against Lebanon’s corrupt elite

Horrific Beirut explosion fuels anger against Lebanon’s corrupt elite 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’

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

Construction workers build fight for a safer industry 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

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

If it’s not safe Asos workers must walk 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

Tories are still leaving care home residents to die 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.

Medway TUC organises action to support suspended bin workers

06 May 2020
Medway trades union council organised a drive-by this week to show solidarity with eight suspended bin workers.

‘Why did Scotland follow Johnson?’ asks new report

04 May 2020
Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish National Party Scottish government are coming under increased attention

Day of action called for no return to unsafe workplaces

03 May 2020
On 7 May the government will have to decide its next phase of lockdown plans

Letters - Remember the dead but keep up fight for the living

24 April 2020
In the midst of a global  pandemic it is easy to forget about other health hazards. But asbestos is still the number one occupational killer in Britain with over 5,000 deaths per year.

Health workers face the sack for demanding protective equipment

22 April 2020
Worker rightly said, 'as long as we are provided with PPE we will work, without PPE we won't'

Those who want schools re-opened must say how they will keep us safe

21 April 2020
Schools and colleges should only reopen when it is safe to do so.

Walk off by St George’s workers against outsourcer

21 April 2020
UVW union members at St George’s University of London in Tooting are demanding Personal Protective Equipment

Safety gone ‘out the window’ at big distribution firm, says worker

20 April 2020
Bosses at distribution companies are “endangering thousands” of workers

Health unions’ call for minute’s silence should be used to mobilise against Tories

20 April 2020
Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives have organised a national minute’s silence for 11am on Tuesday 28 April.

Health workers protest for protective equipment

16 April 2020
Health workers and their supporters took part in a day of symbolic action to demand “health before profit” on Thursday.

Public health document is ‘an insult to the lives of frontline workers’

15 April 2020
Health workers could be forced to reuse protective clothing as a “last resort”, according to a document from Public Health England.

Workers’ campaign wins safety results

14 April 2020
Workers at a council in the south of England last week forced their bosses to take action to protect their safety

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