Issue date
04 Jun 2014

Commenting on the publication of the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill contained in the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“While it’s not clear at the moment exactly what the government is proposing, we are concerned that the Bill may let employers whose workers have been put in a dangerous situation off the safety hook.
 
“Safety laws are not needless ‘red tape’, nor are they part of the ‘jobsworth culture’. They provide valuable protection for the UK’s 30 million workers. Any attempt to lessen employer responsibility for workplace safety could put employees at risk and make it harder for them to claim compensation if they are injured at work.

“There is no evidence that current safety laws prevent anyone from acting heroically when someone’s life is threatened, but where workers are being put into dangerous situations they must be protected.”

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