Category Archives: Health & Safety

Council ‘already taken action’ after potential asbestos discovery in town hall......

The local newspaper fails to quote a union source on this issue……………. Nick Tiratsoo’s done some great work on this but UNISON have done as much if not more because it’s their members who have been affected.  Click here to read the story.

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Stop Playing With Cancer Urges Joint Union Asbestos Committee......

Asbestos victims support groups, trade unions and UK campaigning bodies are urging local authorities, government agencies and market surveillance bodies to prioritize the threat posed by the possible asbestos contamination of UK imports.  Click here to read more

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50k legal bill for council’s prosecution over asbestos failings......

Latest on asbestos was found in the basement of the Town Hall in 2012.  Click here to read the full story in the local press

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Court cases trauma for stressed social workers – UNISON report......

Heavy workloads are leaving more than nine in ten (90 per cent) social workers without enough time to prepare for court cases involving vulnerable children and families, a new report from UNISON reveals today (Wednesday).

Half the social workers questioned (49 per cent) admitted they were not confident when appearing before a judge. Continue reading

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Private Eye article – Dust to Dust......

Waltham Forest Town Hall asbestos article appears in the above magazine.  Click here to read the story.

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Unison WF in TUC’s Risks – Council fined after a decade of asbestos neglect......

A London council fined for its criminal failings on asbestos safety should listen more closely to its safety reps, a union has urged. UNISON reps on Waltham Forest Borough Council were speaking out after the local authority was fined for exposing members of staff and visiting contractors to the potentially lethal dangers of asbestos, which it knew to be present in the Town Hall basement. The cancer-causing material was identified in a survey Continue reading

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Asbestos Scandal Reported in the Mirror – 4 June 2015......

Please click the link below for the article in the Daily Mirror.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/deadly-asbestos-left-town-hall-5820428

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you from the Bhopal Medical Appeal – Workers’ Memorial Day Collection......

To everyone who donated we would like to say ‘thank you’.  Below is an excerpt from an email received: Continue reading

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Town Hall CEO ‘should resign’ over asbestos scandal......

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LB Waltham Forest fined for putting employees’ health at risk......

Photo courtesy of Mick Holder

Photo courtesy of Mick Holder

The London Borough of Waltham Forest was fined last Friday at Southwark Crown Court following their pleading guilty to two Charges under the Health and safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(1) and section 3(1), namely failure to protect their employees and failure to protect the public with a Continue reading

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