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Workers’ Memorial Day......
17-18 July, Walthamstow Coroner’s Court, Queens Road, London E17
Marian Nemit, 21, died when a wall collapsed on him whilst re-furbishing a shop at The Bakers’ Arms on 14 April 2015. Marian was on his first day at work at this site having travelled from his home in Romania.
The case has been investigated by the police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Coroner has now set a date for a full jury hearing into the circumstances of Marian’s death.
UNISON Waltham Forest Local Government branch and the local Trades Council are to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2017 at 1:00pm–2:00pm Continue reading
There is a interactive resource available for anyone who wants to consider how to make their workplace safer through building a strong union.
Last year the TUC published a guide to organising and health and safety. It gave simple, straightforward advice to help you use health and safety arguments to achieve an increase in members and a more active membership, with a greater number of health and safety representatives. The guide was designed to make you more effective on the ground – where real gains can be made – and help create a greater culture of safety in your workplace, and could be used, not only in workplaces where unions are recognised, but also those where they are not yet recognised.
An Oxford University study that concluded the classification of night work as a cause of breast cancer in women is no longer justified was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers have warned.
The large scale ‘meta-analysis’, published online on 6 October 2016 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), concluded “night shift work, including long-term night shift work, has little or no effect on breast cancer incidence.” It added the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) ranking of night work as a ‘probable’ cause of breast cancer in women “is no longer justified.”
But three of the most respected epidemiologists on night work and breast cancer have now said they “fully disagree” with this conclusion, noting a succession of methodological flaws in the research “invalidate” its conclusions.
The silencing of the workers’ voice on HSE board by the DWP appointing an employer to a workers seat is only one way of shutting us out. As part of the HSE ‘Strategy’ Help GB Work Well, a health and work strategy has been developed to focus on three priorities: preventing occupational stress and related mental health issues; musculo skeletal disorders; and occupational lung disease. This was ‘soft launched’ on 15th December by DWP Minister responsible Penny Mordaunt. And it will be followed by 5 roadshows next year between January and March – 1 each in: Scotland, Wales, The North, Midlands, and South with a national conference in May probably in London. More information and dates maybe before Christmas.