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Behind the blue lights: Life in the frontline of Cameron’s NHS

23 Nov 2015, By Guest

Dave, a paramedic from the Midlands, shares a frank view of life in NHS emergency services starved of funding and struggling to meet the demand Friday. Just started a 12 hour late shift. On again with a new starter. Appears too bubbly and the keenness has yet to wear off, but it will. 1st job,…

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Protect young workers’ right to strike

29 Oct 2015, By

When you’re just starting out in a career, the idea you might one day be going out on strike is hardly likely to cross your mind. The right to strike is a last resort, and one you often don’t think about unless you need it. But young workers will be amongst those with the most…

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European Commission says still no action on worker health

28 Oct 2015, By

This year the European Trade Union Institute published a paper on work-related cancers in the EU. It showed that 102,500 deaths take place each year because of exposure to carcinogens in the workplace, twenty times the number caused by workplace injuries. That is a massive amount. Here in the UK the HSE puts the figure…

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Violence in Turkey’s Capital

13 Oct 2015, By

The violence in Ankara on Saturday marks yet another step in Turkey’s decent into the mayhem that engulfs many of her neighbours. It would seem that there were two suicide bombers responsible for the resulting deaths of at least 128 people and the injury to a further 200. Who is behind the attack is unclear,…

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New research says EU regulation working.

12 Oct 2015, By

Two years ago this week, the Prime Minister’s business taskforce said relaxing the European Commission’s rules on health and safety risk assessments would save £2.7bn. Meanwhile a piece by prominent Conservative Harry Phibbs on the  “Conservative Home” website claims, that “There is plenty of gold plating of EU regulations – about health and safety amongst a lot…

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Free Mahdi Abu Dheeb

08 Oct 2015, By

In May last year I blogged about the disgraceful treatment of trade union activist, Mahdi  Abu Dheeb, by the Bahraini authorities. Sadly the only developments since then have been negative. Mahdi remains in a Bahraini jail but his health continues to deteriorate. Mahdi suffers from diabetes and hypertension, for which he needs regular medication. He also has…

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