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Want to know what's going on in health and safety first? Health and safety is one of the main concerns of working people, and trade unions are central to health and safety developments in Britain. So news from the TUC and trade unions is important. Rather than buy half a dozen monthly health and safety magazines and getting stale news, often garbled in the telling and re-telling, get the news straight from the people making it. RISKS is the TUC's weekly online bulletin, edited by award-winning HAZARDS editor Rory O'Neill. You'll get news from the TUC and the unions (and from the HSE and others) direct, all for free. Register to receive your copy direct every weekend, like more than 10,000 other people.
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Bill exposes government’s strike hypocrisy If the government was really concerned about the harm to the economy caused by lost working days, it would be addressing the scourge of work-related ill-health not the by comparison tiny impact of strikes, the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has said. Following the publication...
24 July 2015
Government takes a swipe at safety reps The government’s Trade Union Bill will damage more than productivity and civil liberties, it could put our lives at risk at work, the TUC has warned. The union body said the Bill includes measures that could dramatically curtail the time available to union...
24 July 2015
Manufacturing firms say fit notes are failing The government’s flagship ‘fit note’ scheme for getting people back to work has failed to deliver five years on from implementation, manufacturers’ organisation EEF has said. The industry lobby group was commenting on the findings of an EEF survey of 345 companies conducted...
24 July 2015
Protecting apprentices in the workplace The jailing of an employer this month for the criminal negligence that led to the death of 16-year-old engineering apprentice Cameron Minshull ( Risks 711 ) highlights the need for greater protection of young people at work, the TUC has said. Matthew Creagh, of TUC’s...
24 July 2015
Number 712 - 25 July 2015 Risks is the TUC's weekly online bulletin for safety reps and others. Sign up to receive this bulletin every week. Past issues are available. Disclaimer and Privacy Editor: Rory O'Neill of Hazards magazine. Comments to the TUC at [email protected] Contents UNION NEWS Government takes...
22 July 2015
Cameron ‘open’ to pay your own sick pay scheme David Cameron is considering options for making workers pay into flexible saving accounts to fund their own sick pay or unemployment benefits, Downing Street has confirmed. The idea was first floated by Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, who...
17 July 2015
Man jailed over death of teen apprentice A businessman has been jailed for eight months following the death of a teenager who became trapped in a factory lathe while on a government-funded apprenticeship. Cameron Minshull, 16, was dragged into the steel cutting machine after the oversized overalls he’d been issued...
17 July 2015
Number 711 - 18 July 2015 Risks is the TUC's weekly online bulletin for safety reps and others. Sign up to receive this bulletin every week. Past issues are available. Disclaimer and Privacy Editor: Rory O'Neill of Hazards magazine. Comments to the TUC at [email protected] Contents UNION NEWS The national...
16 July 2015
Asbestos campaigners force cancer costs u-turn The government has agreed to waive new court fees for cases involving asbestos-related disease in what has been hailed as a landmark decision for claimants. The Ministry of Justice had imposed a 5 per cent levy on all claims over £10,000 on 9 March...
10 July 2015
Call for new asbestos eradication law to cut cancers A new asbestos eradication law requiring the safe, planned removal of all the asbestos that still remains in place should be introduced, the union Unite has said, backing a demand endorsed by the TUC last month. Making the call on 3...
10 July 2015

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