Category Archives: Health & Safety
Hazards Conference is the UK’s biggest educational and organising event for Trade Union Safety Reps and Activists. A mixture of plenary sessions, debates, meetings, and a comprehensive workshop programme, give opportunities to learn, exchange experiences and information with delegates from a wide range of sectors and jobs. This year the Conference was held at Keele University on the 19- 21 July. Continue reading
UNISON has finally received the Council’s Asbestos Management Plan for the Town Hall. It identifies 87 areas which are contaminated with asbestos. The Plan recommends that in 13 areas the asbestos is removed, 2 areas it is encapsulated and the other areas are labelled and managed. Work was carried out in the Town Hall in the week beginning 27th May 2013. UNISON is still trying to find out what actual work was done. Continue reading
The amount raised this year was a wonderful £265.62 which the Branch has donated to the Campaign against Asbestos in Schools. Here is what Michael Lees, the Campaign Organiser, had to say: Continue reading
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The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh was a terrible catastrophe that showed the dangerous conditions endured by the workers who produce so much of our clothing in the UK. In last few days over 30 major retailers have signed a legally binding Accord that will ensure better safety for workers.
Gap and Debenhams have refused to sign up! Continue reading
Following a complaint by UNISON in Waltham Forest to the Health and Safety Executive about the lack of consultation and the withholding of information regarding asbestos in the Town Hall, Waltham Forest Council were issued an Improvement Notice by the HSE.
This Branch had continually requested information regarding the ongoing situation at the Town Hall. When no consultation or information was forthcoming the branch contacted the HSE and made them aware of the situation. The HSE then carried out a full investigation.
The Waltham Forest Guardian ran the following article in last week’s issue. Here is a section of it:- Continue reading
It is often said that the British care more about their dogs than their fellow humans and here are some statistics that seem to bear that out. Continue reading