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Cutting stone kitchen work surfaces

New kitchen fashion is killing hundreds

12 Dec 2016, By

“Stone” worktops in kitchens are becoming very fashionable in Britain, yet how many people know that they are killing the workers who make or install them? I only found out it because I ordered a new kitchen last month and it included a stone worktop. A week or so later, I was at a meeting…

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Health and Safety Executive

Welcome U-turn on HSE board

25 Oct 2016, By

Last month the Government appointed an employer to represent workers on the HSE board. This totally undermined the principle of an equal voice for employers and workers that is enshrined in the Health and Safety at Work Act. The decision caused uproar, with unions, politicians and even a lot of outside observers roundly condemning it.…

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We are stronger together: Union reps connecting by app

14 Oct 2016, By

One of the things I liked most about going on trade union education courses was meeting union representatives from different unions and different workplaces. Even when I did the online TUC diploma course, although we were not in a classroom, the online forums were a great source of information and support. I felt that being…

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Who’s providing your occupational health?

29 Sep 2016, By

A recent TUC survey showed that 92% of workplaces with union health and safety representatives have some form of occupational health provision. This is well above the national average, where it is estimated that only 38% of the UK workforce has occupational health service coverage. The difference is partly because the areas that are most…

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Safety glove at a rock gig

Union health and safety representatives rock!

19 Sep 2016, By

Every two years the TUC asks trade union health and safety representatives about the issues that affect them, and the results are always really interesting. The 2016 survey results have just been published and show that across every sector the biggest issue they deal with is stress. Bullying and harassment is also becoming more of…

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