1 May and campaigning for workers safety and rights

May Day 1

(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

www.londonmayday.org

528px-Sculpture_'The_Building_Worker'

(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.

See also:

http://www.industriall-union.org/industriall-demonstrates-against-asbestos-trade

https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day-28-april-2015

http://www.fack.org.uk

(Thanks to Peter Spalding of Croydon TUC)

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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