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FACK supports the blacklist protest 24 November Manchester
Families Against Corporate Killers will be supporting workers in the construction industry in their protest outside the tribunal, campaigning against the use of blacklists by employers which threaten the lives of workers and members of the public.
PROTEST LOBBY AGAINST BLACKLIST
9AM ON TUESDAY 24th NOVEMBER
Spokesperson for FACK said:
“Members of FACK know from our own personal loss, that poor safety on sites puts workers lives at risk and we totally condemn employers who sack, victimise, blacklist or otherwise mistreat workers and trade union safety reps when they complain about risks to their lives and health. If employers had responded by improving H&S, complying with at least minimum legal standards, many of our sons, husbands, brothers and others would still be alive today. It is amazing that in the UK it is not yet illegal to blacklist workers and that the HSE does not react strongly to support workers who stand up to criminal employers by taking enforcement action against them. Many of those killed by negligent employers have complained to their families about the poor H&S they face on site and how they fear for their lives, many were about to leave for other jobs when they were killed.
“Until the government and the H&S enforcement agencies get tough with criminal employers in construction and other areas, they have licence to go on killing workers, risking workers lives and health and destroying the working livelihoods of those they blacklist and victimise. We depend on those brave enough to stand up for our H&S, what a disgrace we don’t have a government or HSE that will do the same.”
PROTEST LOBBY AGAINST BLACKLIST:
9AM ON TUESDAY 24th NOVEMBER
A protest lobby against the blacklist in the British building trade is being called by the Greater Manchester Campaign Against the Blacklist and the London based, Blacklist Support Group: it will be held outside the Employment Tribunal at Alexandra House, opposite Parsonage Gardens in Central Manchester near Deansgate. This protest lobby coincides with the start of the Case Management Meeting to deal with a large number of tribunal claims by building workers from all over Britain: solicitors for members of Unite the Union; Ucatt and members of no trade union, will be presenting their arguments on how their cases for justice should proceed against some of the biggest construction companies in the land.
OUR PROTEST WILL START AT 9AM ON TUESDAY THE 24th, NOVEMBER OUTSIDE THE EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL IN PARSONAGE GARDENS: Trade Union banners welcome
For more information contact: either Brian Bamford (Secretary of Bury Unite the Union NW 6/353 Branch) on 01706 861793
or Colin Trousdale (EPIU Greater Manchester Contracting Branch - Unite NW 6/1400) on 07792 358697.
For more information about FACK: Hilda Palmer 0161 636 7557