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    TUC AND UCATT CALL FOR ACTION ON WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY

    Trades unions to mark International Workers Memorial Day on 28th April

    On Saturday 28th April trades unions and safety campaigners will be marking Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who die each year as a result of work-related accidents and diseases.

    The TUC states that in the UK over 20,000 people die prematurely every year as a result of injuries or ill-health caused by their work and is concerned that this record could get worse as a result of government policies resulting in fewer inspections. 

    Sensible employers do not see safety regulation as intrusive burden

    Campaigners are being urged to remind ‘health and safety bashers’ that safety law is necessary protection to prevent people from being killed, injured or made ill as a result of their work.

    TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

    “The government says we don’t need any more regulation, that the UK is a safe place to work. If only this were the case. With the UK 20th in a list of 34 developed nations, we’ve hardly got a safety record to be proud of.

    Sensible employers who are happy to work closely with unions improving safety and occupational health at work don’t see safety regulation as an intrusive burden. But rogue employers, who are happy to cut corners and take risks with their employees’ safety, do.

    It’s these reckless employers that we need to target and the government’s rhetoric will only encourage yet more of them to think they can get away with unsafe workplaces – without fear of ever getting a visit from the HSE or their local council.”

    Jerry Swain, Regional Secretary for UCATT’s London and South East Region, said:

    “Construction is the most dangerous industry in Britain. Workers Memorial Day is when workers come together to remember colleagues and friends who have been killed or injured at work and to campaign for safe working conditions.

    The Government’s attitude to safety is disgraceful. We are witnessing the dismantling and erosion of existing safety provisions. The Government is endangering workers lives.”

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