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Hugh Robertson's Articles


G7 starts to address workplace safety

09 Jun 2015, By

Although most of the publicity around the G7 Summit in Germany has been around the relationship with Russia and the problems in the Middle East, there have been a lot of other discussions taking place. Some of them very relevant to unions and working people across the world. One thing in particular was the announcement…

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The trade agreement that threatens our safety.

27 May 2015, By

Last year I wrote about the dangers to health and safety from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) where the European Commission and US Government want to reduce “barriers” to trade – also known as our rights to safe and decent work. According to the European TUC the agreement could have “enormous implications” for…

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Health and safety – Time to return to basics

11 May 2015, By

After five years of unrelenting attacks on health and safety from all sides, many activists were hoping to see a change in direction after the election. Labour had promised to prioritise the prevention of occupational cancers and illnesses, ensure that every employer could be inspected at any time, introduce a maximum temperature and reverse the…

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The Happiness report – Food for thought

24 Apr 2015, By

There has been a lot in the press about the World Happiness Report that was published today by Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative under the United Nations. This aims at measuring how happy the population of each of 158 countries are. The UK comes in at 21, squeezed between the United Arab Emirates and…

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Government fails end of term health and safety report.

31 Mar 2015, By

The Government has published a “report book” on its reform of health and safety legislation over the past five years. It proudly boasts that it has reduced the number of regulations by 50%, and claims that: “Business response to these reforms has been strongly positive and they have been achieved without reducing health and safety…

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