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Resources from the COP26 coalition People’s Summit event ‘What about the Workers?’

Below  you will find the agenda of the very successful Hazards Campaign /Scottish Hazards Cop26 event on 8 November 2021 – What about the Workers? – making workplaces safe for workers and the environment. The listing includes  links to the speakers’ presentation slides.  The meeting was not recorded.

6.30pm – Introduction and welcome by the event chair Scott Donohue – Scottish Hazards

6.35pm – Alison Tate, International Trade Union Confederation on Just Transition from a global perspective  

6.43pm – Björn Claeson , Electronics Watch – Ensuring workers rights and safety alongside clean production in electronics

6.51pm – Prof Andrew Watterson, Stirling University on Toxics Use Reduction.

6.59pm – Ram Charitra Sah, Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) – Toxic legacy of bad work inside workplaces and in communities

7.07pm – Hilda Palmer, UK Trade Union Clean Air Network – What about the workers?

7.15pm – General discussion Q&A

PLUS Kathy Jenkins, Scottish Hazards sums up the  action points.

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Links in full

Alison Tate presentation – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Alison-Tate-Just-Transition-and-CEPOW-for-COP26-OHS.pdf

Bjorn Claeson presentation – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Bjorn-Claeson-.pdf

Andy Watterson presentation – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Final-Toxics-Use-Reduction-AEW-8-Nov-2021.pdf

Ram Charitra Sah presentation – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Mr.-Ram-Charitra-Sah-ANROEV-Coordinator-COP-26-Climate-Change-Presentation-8th-November-2021.pdf

Hilda Palmer presentation – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/HIldas-What-about-the-Workers-8.11.21.pdf

Kathy Jenkins summary of actions – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/COP26-Peoples-summit-summary-speech.pdf

 

Bill Lawrence: Funeral arrangements – 26 November 2021

Bill’s funeral will be on 26th November at Our Lady and St Columba’s Church, Carville Road Wallsend, NE28 6RJ at 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm at Tynemouth Crematorium, Walton Ave, North Shields NE29 9NJ.

For those who would have liked to be at the funeral but can’t, then the service is being live streamed on YouTube by following the link – https//wallsendcatholic.church which has a link to the Wallsend Catholic Churches YouTube Channel where the live streaming will start approximately 5 minutes before the service.

 

Hazards Campaign Thursday talk – Safety reps’ interactive drop in session

Safety reps’ drop in session – Thursday 11th November 6-7pm

Do you want to ask a question or raise a concern about a health and safety issue at work? Are you looking for support or information?

This is an interactive session and is not going to be recorded. It is an opportunity to discuss any health and safety concerns you have in your workplace.

REGISTER HERE

LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION 

Controlling Risks in the Workplace Hazards Campaign

Venting: Coronavirus risks are mostly up in the air, Hazards magazine

Hands face space won’t cut it. Ventilation. Ventilation. Ventilation!  Hazards Campaign PowerPoint

Working with a computer at home, Hazards Campaign briefing

Subscribe to Hazards magazine

 

 

COP26 coalition People’s Summit event – 8 November – ‘What about the Workers? Making workplaces safe for workers and the environment’ – register on

Scottish Hazards and the UK Hazards Campaign has organised an event for the COP26 coalition People’s Summit.

The online event on 8 November – ‘What about the workers?   Making workplaces safe for workers and the environment’ – is a round table discussion which will look at the connected issues of toxics use reduction, air pollution inside and outside of the workplace, workplace adaption to address climate change and just transition for working people.

Register at https://cop26coalition.org/peoples-summit/what-about-the-workers-making-workplaces-safe-for-workers-and-the-environment-2/

Programme

6.30pm – Introduction and welcome by the event chair Scott Donohoe – Scottish Hazards

6.35pm – Alison Tate, International Trade Union Confederation on Just Transition from a global perspective

6.43pm – Björn Claeson , Electronics Watch – ensuring workers rights and safety along side clean production in electronics

6.51pm – Prof Andrew Watterson, Stirling University on Toxic Use Reduction;

6.59pm – Ram Charitra Sah, Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) – Toxic legacy of bad work inside workplaces and in communities

7.07pm – Hilda Palmer, UK Trade Union Clean Air Network – Workers are the canaries in the system ?

7.15pm – General discussion Q&A

7.55pm – Eurig Scandrett, UCU Scotland and Just and Green Recovery will sum the action points up.

 

Hazards Campaign Thursday Talk: Fighting our corner

Fighting our Corner
Hazards Campaign Thursday Talk
Thursday October 21st – 6-7.30pm

Every day there are new cases of Covid-19. The Governments around the UK have all but given up with Public Health mitigation and Health and Safety Law is not being enforced in the workplace.

What can Safety reps and others who are affected by the lack of mitigation in a working environment do to protect themselves and prevent infections?

Join us on Zoom to discuss with a panel of experts, what you can do in your workplace to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.

Our panel includes

  • Tracy Edwards – PCS National health and safety officer
  • Hilda Palmer – Hazards Campaign / Facilitator at FACK
  • Cat Cray – RMT London Underground health and safety rep
  • James Robertson – Unison Knowsley Branch Secretary
Register at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hazards-campaign-thursday-talk-fighting-our-corner-tickets-185568870487

Links to more information:

‘Bent out of Shape’ online book launch, 7 September

The Hazards Campaign is hosting the 7 September UK launch of Karen Messing’s book ‘Bent out of Shape – Shame, Solidarity, and Women’s Bodies at Work.’

Award-winning ergonomist Karen Messing, a global expert on gender and work hazards, reveals a workforce in harm’s way and underestimated, underrepresented, understudied and underpaid. She will be joined at the 6pm launch by ‘Invisible women’ author Caroline Criado Perez, Wales TUC general secretary Shavanah Taj and Hilda Palmer of the Hazards Campaign.

Register for launch of ‘Bent out of Shape’ by Karen Messing, 6pm UK time, 7 September 2021. Buy the book. Further details from the Hazards Campaign.

Book launch: Bent out of Shape, Karen Messing

Join Karen Messing author of Bent out of Shape, in conversation with Caroline Criado Perez – author of Invisible Women, Shavanah Taj, General Secretary Wales TUC and Hilda Palmer, FACK/Hazards Campaign.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
To purchase the book prior to the launch go to:
https://blackwells.co.uk/…/Bent-Out-of…/9781771135412
For more information please contact janet@gmhazards.org.uk
Synopsis via the Blackwell’s website:

Award-winning ergonomist Karen Messing is talking with women–women who wire circuit boards, sew clothes, clean toilets, drive forklifts, care for children, serve food, run labs. What she finds is a workforce in harm’s way, choked into silence, whose physical and mental health invariably comes in second place: underestimated, underrepresented, understudied, underpaid.

Should workplaces treat all bodies the same? With confidence, empathy, and humour, Messing navigates the minefield that is naming sex and biology on the job, refusing to play into stereotypes or play down the lived experiences of women. Her findings leap beyond thermostat settings and adjustable chairs and into candid, deeply reported storytelling that follows in the muckraking tradition of social critic Barbara Ehrenreich.

Messing’s questions are vexing and her demands are bold: we need to dare to direct attention to women’s bodies, champion solidarity, stamp out shame, and transform the workplace–a task that turns out to be as scientific as it is political.

Hazards Conference 2021 report – recordings and resources

Thanks to everyone who attended,  spoke, facilitated, chaired and participated in Hazards  Conference 2021 on the weekend 31-July and 1 August organised by Hazards Campaign.

We  were privileged to have the opportunity to hear from the movement’s most brilliant health and safety organisers and activists, from here in the UK and also our fantastic international speakers.

Workshop facilitators gave their time freely, professionally and enthusiastically. The Hazards Campaigns is very grateful and appreciative of the  huge efforts in  preparation and delivery of the fantastic workshops.

The links to the recordings and resources are below:

Saturday plenary session (excluding Q&A of discussion sessions):

Richard Wagstaff, President, of NZCTU also showed a highly  persuasive video sent to him by a community support worker – https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/video-1627611922.mp4

PDF of Powerpoint display used between sessions

The Saturday plenary was followed by three discussion sessions:

  1. Challenging Work surveillance, micro-management and other draconian working practices, led by PCS National Health and Safety and Environment Officer Tracy Edwards supported by Prof. Phil Taylor Strathclyde University, Ian Hodson President BFAWU and Bryan Simpson, Unite Union Hospitality Organiser.
  2. Supporting Workers and their families seeking justice and health and safety enforcement led by Hilda Palmer FACK and Hazards Campaign, supported by FACK member, Louise Adamson Michael’s Story, FACK and Scottish Hazards, Keith Cundall Irwin Mitchell, Sam Atkinson, FACK member, Bow Crane Collapse and Prof. Phil James. Presentation by Phil James
    Supporting Families session links
  3. Challenging increased violence and abuse at work led by National Health and Safety Officer Rob Miguel Unite Union, supported by Kim Sunley National Health and Safety Officer Unison, Doug Russell National Health and Safety Officer at USDAW, Paul Holleran GMB NW/NI Education/Health and Safety Officer on violence faced by journalists and Sarah Woolley General Secretary BFAWU on violence faced by women at work.

Sunday Morning Plenary with Andy McDonald MP (Q&A) session:

The Sunday Plenary was followed by these eight workshops

  • Workshop 1 – Safety Reps Organising Creatively to Keep Workers Safe During the Pandemic and Beyond
    Barry Faulkner (Unite National Political Education Coordinator)
    Andrea Oates (Labour Research Department)

  IntroductionResources and creative action for safety reps

Plus: Recording of the workshop

 

  • Workshop 8 – Hybrid working
    Ian Tasker Scottish Hazards

PLUS – Resources posted in the Zoom chat by participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazards Conference 2021: Over 300 union reps signed up to fight for the right to safe and healthy work

  • Over 300 union reps and safety activities will hear a powerful global line-up of speakers.
  • The conference is a must for anyone keen to know more about how to make work safer for everyone, keep health and safety failings in the spotlight and maintain a clear focus on fixing the broken system.
  • Workshop topics will include asbestos, organising, sex and gender sensitive safety, hybrid working, investigating accidents, workplace justice, surveillance and violence.
News bulletin for immediate release – 30 July 2021 No embargo

On 31st July and 1st August, more than 300 trade union safety reps and health and safety campaigners, will participate in the online Hazards Conference under the banner of Fighting for the Fundamental Right to Safe and Healthy work. Sign up here.

Chair of the conference Doug Russell USDAW National Health and Safety officer said

“It is a great pleasure to be asked to chair the opening session. The organisers have made a virtue out of the need for a virtual conference by organising a powerful global line-up of speakers. The pandemic has exposed major problems with health and  safety and has had a devastating impact on mental and physical health of workers. The afternoon sessions and workshops on Sunday offer practical insight into how safety representatives can organise to tackle these issues. A great reality check for reps in a world that has gone mad – don’t miss it.”

And Shelly Asquith TUC National Health and Safety officer said

“Hazards Campaign has for many years exposed the dangers of unsafe work. As the pandemic rages on, it is one of the most important campaigns of our time. This weekend’s conference is a must for anyone keen to know more about how we make work safer for everyone.”

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the global trade union confederation ITUC, is the keynote speaker at the opening session on Saturday and will spell out why health and safety must be recognised worldwide as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work. (1)

Richard Wagstaff, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions President will speak on the safety lessons learned recently in New Zealand with particular focus on Covid-19. (2)

Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow Employment Secretary, is the keynote speaker at the Sunday session and will speak about how decent work supports safe and healthy working environments and lives. (3)

Also at the conference Shavanah Taj, Wales TUC General Secretary will say:

“Health and safety at work is a fundamental right. Yet the crisis over the last 16 months has repeatedly demonstrated that for many workers this right is a fiction.

“In Wales we have seen clear evidence that a decade of austerity and cuts has left us unable to enforce the most basic measures to keep workers safe.

“So it’s more vital than ever that we keep health and safety failings in the spotlight and maintain a clear focus on fixing our broken system”

More information about the conference and about registering to attend it, can be found at http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/blog/category/hazards-conference

Links:
1. ITUC Sharan Burrow on fundamental rights – https://www.ituc-csi.org/experts-call-for-occupational-health-and-safety
2. New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – https://union.org.nz/safer-sick-leave-starts/
3. New deal for working people in LabourList https://labourlist.org/2021/07/our-new-deal-for-working-people-will-deliver-rights-and-strengthen-unions/

For More Information
Janet Newsham
janet@gmhazards.org.uk
07734317158

Additional Information
Website www.hazardscampaign.org.uk
Twitter @hazardscampaign
Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/123746101003963

The Hazards Campaign is a UK-wide network of resource centres and campaigners. The Hazards Campaign supports those organising and campaigning for justice and safety at work

Hazards conference 2021, 31 July-1 August

Hazards Conference 2021

Fighting for the fundamental right to safe and healthy work
Hazards Conference is online again this year.
Saturday 31 July 2021: 10am-3.30pm – register
Sunday 1 August 2021: 10am-1.00pm – register
 
You will need to sign up to Saturday and Sunday separately

The Hazards Conference is the UK’s largest educational and organising event for trade union safety reps and activists. Safety reps make a huge difference in supporting and extending workers’ basic rights and conditions. The conference will look at innovative and practical solutions to many of the issues facing workers and provide opportunities to network, exchange experience and information and learn from safety reps and activists from other unions, sectors and jobs across the UK.

A stellar line of speakers includes:

Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the global trade union confederation ITUC, is thekeynote speaker at the opening session on Saturday and will spell out why health and safety must be recognised worldwide as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work.

Richard Wagstaff, NZCTU President will speak on recent safety lessons learned recently in New Zealand with particular focus on Covidd-19.

Andy McDonald, Labour’s shadow employment secretary, is the keynote speaker at the Sunday session.

Saturday 31 July 2021: 10am-3.30pm – register
10.00 – 11.30 Opening Plenary – with national and international speakers on the Fundamental Right to safe and healthy work
11.45– 12.45  Challenging work surveillance, micro-management and other draconian working practices
13.15– 14.15 Supporting Workers and their families seeking justice and health and safety enforcement
14.30 – 15.30 Challenging increased violence and abuse at work

Sunday 1 August 2021: 10am-1.00pm – register
Plenary 10.00 – 10.30
Two Workshops: 10.30 – 11.30 and 11.45- 12.45
(make your selection using the registration form)
1. Safety Reps organising creatively
2. Investigating incidents and injuries in the workplace
3. Risk Assessment and the control hierarchy
4. Work related stress and mental health harm
5. Addressing the air pollution in our working environments
6. Sex and gender sensitive health and safety
7. Asbestos at work
8. Hybrid Working
Closing Plenary 12.45 – 13.00