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UNIONS LOBBY PARLIAMENT TO ‘SAVE OUR SAFETY’

UCATT AND Unite concerned over “attacks on safety rules” 

Trade unions UCATT and Unite are organising a lobby of Parliament on Tuesday 11th June. The event – Save our Safety- focuses on the Government “attacks on safety rules, which are placing workers in danger”.

The unions point out that as a result of the Lofstedt and Young Report certain safety regulations have been scrapped including the Tower Crane Regulations and Register and the Construction Head Protection Regulations. In addition, the Government has made it far more difficult for a worker who has been injured at work to claim compensation.

Steve Murphy General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said:

“The Government’s policies are increasing workplace dangers, this will lead to a rise in deaths and injuries. MPs need to listen to construction workers and ensure that the attacks on safety provisions are not only stopped but reversed.”

Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey said:

“It is a disgrace that construction workers wake up each day to face the prospect of being injured seriously, falling ill, or even dying while the Tories mock health and safety. It’s an outrage that the government essentially considers saving lives as a burden on business. Unite and UCATT are urging MPs to support our call to strengthen health and safety laws not weaken them as the Tories are doing. The government is sending a dangerous message to employers which will put even more construction workers at risk.”

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