October saw a massive TUC march against austerity and for work when unemployment is running very high.
At the same time health and safety is under attack as never before. Following from the Löfstedt Review recommendations last year, HSE are now consulting about removing regulations and the timetable to respond is very tight, some deadlines have passed.
TUC calls for action
In September the TUC passed a motion which said Congress believes that austerity and de-regulation will undermine the protection of workers .
It agreed it is against the scrapping of the Tower Cranes register, repeal of the “Hard Hat” regulations and against moves to exempt any self-employed from being covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act.
It decided to:
- mount a vigorous political, public and industrial campaign to prevent the weakening of health and safety laws
- support a lobby of the government to review and revise the decision to cut the Health and Safety Executive budget by 35 per cent.
- register opposition to the self-employed safety exemption.
- create more safety representatives among self-employed and freelance workers.