From the TUC

Health and Safety

Commission says no to stronger protection on health and safety

11 Jan 2017, By

The European Commission have finally released details of what they are proposing to do on health and safety regulation in the coming years. Yesterday they released a communication which contained their response to a review of all 24 European health and safety directives that was produced in 2015, but has only just been published. You…

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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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Small claims changes – another attack on workers’ rights

05 Dec 2016, By

The Government are planning to change the rules for compensation claims that would make it much more difficult for workers to get the money they are entitled to when their employer’s negligence injures them or makes them ill. When compensation claims go to court, some of them are deal with as “small claims”. If a…

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Night working is a boom industry

29 Oct 2016, By

Personally, I struggle with mornings. To me, the arrival of daylight savings time and an extra hour in bed is the highlight of autumn, a season that contains my birthday. As you look forward to longer in bed, spare a thought for millions across the country who work through the night. In the last five…

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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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#SouthernBackOnTrack – Safety spun in numbers

04 Oct 2016, By

Southern Rail – having seemed to have learnt nothing from their disastrous social media campaign yesterday with #southernbackontrack – have come back for more of a metaphorical kicking. In today’s Metro Southern’s advert ‘Safety in numbers’ attempts to mislead the public on the safety element of the dispute with RMT. Southern want to remove guards…

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