From the TUC

Health and Safety

US says trade trumps safety

31 Jul 2015, By

I have blogged here several times about the possible effects on health and safety of the proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). According to the European TUC the agreement could have “enormous implications” for workers regarding employment policy, social security, environmental…

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What can we do about shift work?

23 Jul 2015, By

There has been a lot of research published in the past few years around the effect of shift work and our health since the World Health Organisation classified night shift work as a probable carcinogen back in 2007. In 2012 research for the HSE estimated that the additional breast cancer risk associated with night shift…

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Government takes a swipe at Safety Representatives

17 Jul 2015, By

The Trade Union Bill is a particular worrying Bill with implications for anyone at work. There have been lots of really good blogs on this site about it so I am not going to repeat these. I just want to point out what the Bill could do to undermine union health and safety representatives. There are two…

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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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