The Hazards Campaign
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Hazards Campaign 2013 resources
TUC 2013 briefing
TELLING THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES ON
International Workers Memorial Day
This is our day to tell our stories: to explain that poor or non-existent health and safety means workers are injured, killed and made ill, but this isn’t due to freak, unavoidable accidents or rare diseases but because employers didn’t care enough to obey the law and governments didn’t make them.. We utterly reject this government’s destruction of health and safety regulation and enforcement based on the lie that it is a ‘burden on business’, when the facts show the real burden of lack of health and safety is borne by us- the individuals hurt and their families, and on the public purse, not on business!
In 2013, after nearly 3 years of economic recession and specific government attacks on health and safety, scrapping of regulations and slashing of enforcement, workers and the public are at much greater risk of being injured, killed or made ill than ever before. But because of cuts in scrutiny, inspection, inspectors and reporting requirements, we are even less likely to hear about it in the press/media.
Our health and our safety is under attack like never before. All that we have now, that was hard won by the collective action of generations of workers and trade unions over the last 50 to 100 years, is under threat, and standards are being driven backwards. We are in a fight for our lives – deaths at work and ill-health are already rising - and we must defend health and safety for our own sake and that of our children and grandchildren.
The Hazards Campaign calls on everyone to mark International Workers Memorial Day by demanding more protection from work related harm, and rejecting the lie that good health and safety standards are a burden on business, when the reality is that bad health and safety standards are a massive and unacceptable burden on us and on the public purse!
As 28th April is a Sunday this year check as some events will also take places on Friday and Saturday. We want to encourage workers to bring their families to events in our towns and cities, making the case that workers health and safety affects everyone, families and communities and that it affects public health and safety too as shown by the Legionnaire’s disease outbreaks last year after proactive inspections of cooling towers were cut. Health and Safety isn’t a joke, but is about everyone’s lives and health. Lobby your MP, and take part in the closest event with union banners, placards and wreaths.
2012 briefing and still useful resources
In 2012 TUC called on UK health and safety representatives, trades councils and safety to make 28 April a National Day of Action to defend health and safety from the attacks on regulation, enforcement, cuts and refusal to tackle the massive toll that health and safety breaches take on workers.
TUC assembled a top class package of resources to help organise, publicise and effectively run events. Available on the TUC website, you’ll find a series of briefings giving all the facts and figures you’ll ever need to win an argument for better regulation and enforcement, an infographic spelling this out at-a-glance, guides on dealing with the press and lobbying MPs, a listings of events nationwide.
The Hazards Campaign is encouraged and supported a record number of events nationwide.
Get kitted out with Hazards Campaign ribbons, posters, lapel/stationery stickers, window stickers and ‘We didn’t vote to die at work’ t-shirts – the perfect attire for a 28 April event. For further information email the Hazards Campaign or phone 0161 636 7557.
If you want updates on what is going on worldwide on 28 April – the globe’s largest health and safety event – have a look at the ITUC/Hazards Workers' Memorial Day worldwide list of events and resources
It’s not a secret, TELL PEOPLE about it!!
Workers Memorial Day is on the 28th April every year.
This is OUR day, a day when workers and our families and our trade unions, focus on health and safety at work, both in our workplaces, and at events locally, nationally, and worldwide. This year more than ever we need to fight for our lives as the recession caused by a greedy, globalised financial system acting out of control under government deregulated, light touch regulation, has caused global meltdown and threatens to make our health and safety an even lower priority.
DON’T DO NOTHING, TAKE SOME ACTION, GET INVOLVED
Every year there are thousands of events across the world on WMD attended by millions of people. There are hundreds in the UK.
The point of the Day is two fold:
Advice centres, victim support groups, local and national campaigns, other sources of information and support The Hazards Campaign is a national network established in 1988, financed by donations from supporting groups and individuals. It draws together Hazards Centres, Occupational Health Projects, health and safety groups and Trades Union Councils' Safety Committees, specific campaigns and individual health and safety activists. Specific campaign groups include the Construction Safety Campaign, bereaved relatives groups, asbestos support groups, RSI support groups, pesticide sufferers groups, campaigns against hazards affecting black and ethnic minority groups and toxic waste groups.
The campaign works
by: sharing information and skills; campaigning on specific issues; acting
as a national voice; issuing press releases; holding conferences; establishing
national initiatives, including Workers Memorial Day; lobbying MPs, MEPs
and statutory bodies. The Campaign organises the annual Hazards Conference
and holds meetings about five times a year which are open to anyone sharing
the aims of the campaign.
The Hazards Campaign,
c/o Greater Manchester Hazards Centre, Windrush Millennium Centre, 70
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April 23, 2013
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