We are grateful for the generous support for Hazards 2017 by our sponsors in Unions nationally, regionally, at branches, trades councils, individuals, and union-linked personal injury solicitors.
We hope this vital support will continue for Hazards 2018.
Feedback was excellent from 350 safety reps and activists, around half of whom were new delegates, from all types of workplaces, all unions, and from all over the UK, coming together to discuss ‘Organising health, safety and welfare in an insecure world’.
Hazards Conference is the UK’s biggest and best educational and organising event for trade union safety reps and activists from all different sectors, trade unions, organisations and workplaces. Delegates have a unique opportunity to prioritise and concentrate on health and safety concerns and talk to national and international health and safety campaigners, activists and trade unionists.
At Hazards 2017 we were privileged to have Jessica Martinez speaking. Jessica is the director of US COSH, which is facing major challenges because of the deregulatory agenda of the Trump regime and the cut to funding to their organisation. In addition there have been a number of huge hurricanes which have not only cost lives but absolutely devastated local communities and environments and caused major occupation safety catastrophes. Dan Shears, GMB National Health, Safety and Environment Director gave an overview of how UK occupational health and safety will be affected by Brexit.
The conference is an opportunity to hear from workers and organisers involved in industrial action about current health, safety and welfare issues. The ‘Better than zero’ organiser Bryan Simpson spoke passionately about their inspirational campaigning work and Barry Faulkner on the Sports Direct action. Paul Maloney the author of ‘The Therapy Industry’, addressed a session on individual therapy vs collective action. Helen Lynn from Alliance for Cancer Prevention and Susan Murray from Unite spoke at a meeting on ‘Towards zero work-related cancer’. There were various campaign meetings: on asbestos, workplace welfare, international solidarity, dangers of dogs, and FACK. There were also legal updates given by different solicitors on various health and safety issues and speakers from Unison, Prospect and Usdaw. There was a choice of eighteen workshops, and many first time representatives that were able to gain new knowledge and skills to take back to their workplaces. We try to ensure there are several new workshops each year.
Tracey Seward (FACK) and her brother Mick Lancaster spoke emotionally about the devastating impact of the death of her husband Mark on their family and daughter Daisy. Finally we launched the Hazards Campaign e-postcards ‘We love red tape, it’s better than bloody bandages’ campaign, against deregulation. www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/postcards A full report of the conference can be found at www.hazardscampaign.org.uk
Please find a copy of all the organisations that sponsored the conference this year, on the reverse of this appeal. The sponsorship is extremely important as it means that we can keep down the price of the conference to individuals and union branches. Please consider our appeal positively.
BACS payments are available or cheques made payable to Hazards 2018, and sent to: Hazards 2018, GMHC, Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Manchester, M16 7WD. Telephone: 0161 636 7558, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your support.