(From Organising Committee website)
Monday 1 May. 12 noon. Annual May Day March
Many Croydon trade unionists will be supporting Monday’s annual 1 May March.
Assemble Clerkenwell Green. 12 noon. March to Trafalgar Square 1 pm.
Fighting Austerity – Fighting Cuts
Fighting anti-trade union laws
Celebrating working class achievement
Organised by London May Day Organising Committee
(From Wikipedia Commons)
International Workers Memorial day 28 April
28 April marks was International Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have needlessly been killed at work, often at the hands of bad companies, who have put profit before their workers
The Statue of the unknown Building worker
43 building workers killed between Aprils 2015 and 2016. Gathered at the statue of the Unknown Building Worker statue at Tower Hill speakers from UCATT and UNITE reported that by 2020 , the HSE would have been cut by half as a result of austerity measures from 2010.
By 2020 the deaths from asbestos in Britain will have peaked from workers working in industry in the 1960s early 1970s.
Other speakers were Gunde Odgaard, General Secretary of the Danish Building Trades, Mary Bousted speaking on behalf of teaching unions about asbestos in schools, and Peter Farrell from London Hazards and Construction safety campaign.
Cross Rail and court case for Rene Tha’cik Death
On 12 April Construction Safety Campaign and London Hazards activists gathered outside Westminster magistrates at a silent vigil, while the prosecution of three major companies on the Cross Rail construction were being heard over negligence charges related to the death of Rene Tha’cik who was killed on a cross-rail site 7 May 2014, as well as the serious injuries of two other workers, Terrence Hughes and Alex Vizitu in January 2015.
Messages of support came from Families against Corporate Killers (FACK) to the family of Rene. The case is being continued at Southwark Crown Court 10th May.
Global Asbestos Report
In this report Newcastle East based Bill Lawrence, the Construction Safety Campaign Secretary, says that the asbestos producers are still mining 2 million tonnes a year, causing misery and deaths worldwide while making vast profits, often through money laundering operations by offshore companies. His research shows half of the world’s asbestos exports are traded by companies registered in the UK.
Speaking at Liverpool’s Workers Memorial Day event Bill explained that since 2002 Minerals Global Trading LLP has operated in the UK, recently moving from near Oxford Street to Wood Green, London. In 2015 they handled 83% of the Russian mined asbestos, and 65% of that from Kazakhstan – more than 360,000 tonnes, with a declared export value of US$ 113m.
Other major traders based in the UK are: Astrade Solutions LLP in Edinburgh, Worldwide Cargo Logistics Solutions LLP and C.J.Petrov & Co PVT Ltd based in Johannesburg and with associates registered in the UK.
Bill will be at the UN Rotterdam Convention COP8 conference in Geneva (1-5 May)as a member of the international civil society group Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA) which is based in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The conference, attended by government officials from more than 170 nations, will debate and vote on a resolution from the African Nations Group calling for rule changes which could see chrysotile (white) asbestos subject to the mandatory trade regulations which already exist for many hazardous substances including all other forms of raw asbestos fibre.
(Thanks to Peter Spalding of Croydon TUC)