News release [Immediate]
John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor, will address Hazards 2016 Conference on 31st July
The Hazards Campaign annual conference, Hazards 2016, runs from Friday 29th to 31st July at Keele University. 350 safety reps from all unions from all over the UK, and from all types of workplace, will gather to listen to informed and inspirational speakers and to participate in workshops and meetings under the theme ‘Building the Hazards Resistance to support Safety Reps to defend our health and safety in post Brexit world’.
Hilda Palmer, acting chair of the Hazards Campaign and one of the organisers says:
“We are especially delighted this year to welcome John McDonnell to speak to our final plenary on Sunday 31st July. John has been an active and steadfast supporter of workers, trade unions, the Hazards Campaign and Hazards Magazine in campaigning for better health and safety for many, many years. Through the Trade Union Coordinating Group John has run successful parliamentary lobbies and hosted International Workers Memorial Day meetings in the House of Commons.
“He is a regular and popular speaker at trade union conferences as he understand the issues workers are facing far more clearly than many, and was one of the first to speak out against zero hours contracts, blacklisting, other abusive work practices, the need for a maximum temperature, and the effects of austerity and neoliberalism on workers terms and conditions, especially on our lives and health.
“John McDonnell was instrumental in the campaign against Blacklisting, helped to set up the Blacklist Support Group and has supported it through thick and thin. John is a great supporter of workers’ struggles and frequently visits picket lines to show solidarity with workers fighting for decent work. In Parliament he has been a great advocate for workers health and safety and rights generally.”
John McDonnell will speak at the final plenary of Hazards 2016, which is the largest health and safety conference for safety reps in UK, run by Hazards Campaign and Hazards Magazine. Speaking ahead of the conference John McDonnell said:
“After a long term decline I am very worried that workplace deaths and diseases are on the rise again. Workers deserve the protection of strong employment rights, trade union rights and a safety watchdog that is up to the job.
“Six years of Conservative-led government have allowed rogue bosses to exploit an increasingly insecure and abused workforce. Labour will protect people at work, rather than create a world where the likes of Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley can get away with whatever they want.
“Working people earn this country’s wealth and run our public services; these are essential tasks for which no-one should pay with their life.”
Hilda Palmer adds:
“The Tories’ fanatical obsession with deregulation is bad for your health. After a long term decline workplace deaths are rising and workplace diseases are rising. Workers need a regulatory with sharp teeth but the HSE and Local Authority enforcement have been captured by business to the detriment of workers. Hazards 2016 will discuss the state we are in due to 6 years of Tory/Coalition deregulation and the threats from Brexit and new trade deals.
“Safety Reps will gain updated information, learn new organising and campaigning tools and set actions to defend workers lives and health in the coming year. Hazards 2016 will discuss the state we are in due to 6 years of Tory/Coalition deregulation and the threats from Brexit and new trade deals.”
More information: Hilda Palmer Tel 0161 636 7557 0079298 00240
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Hazards 2016 http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/hazconf2016bookingform.pdf
Hazards 2016 Programme: http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/?cat=7
Buy me: HSE pimps out its services as regulating takes a back seat www.hazards.org/safetypimp/buyme.htm
HSE is all talk: How it became unsafe to leave policy to the safety regulator www.hazards.org/votetodie/alltalk.htm
John McDonnell supporting Blacklisted workers at High Court: http://www.hazards.org/images/h134poster1000.jpg