Local trade unions mark Workers’ Memorial Day saying “We didn’t vote to die at work”

Press release from Bournemouth, Christchuch and Poole Trades Council

Trade unionists in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are calling on the public and employers to observe a minute’s silence at 12 noon on Sunday 28 April, as a way of remembering those who have died or been injured whilst at work. The call comes as as part of the TUC backed Workers’ Memorial Day.

To mark the event, the local TUC plans to stage a ceremony at the War Memorial in Bournemouth Central Gardens at midday on Sunday, accompanied by speeches and the laying of a wreath. The TUC has also written to the three local councils requesting that they fly their town hall flags at half-mast on the day as a mark of respect.

According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, every single year over 8000 people die of cancers that are caused by their work, and another 4000 die from lung disease. In addition 800 people are killed on the roads while working and 8000 die from work-related heart problems. Last year a staggering 1.9m people also suffered an illness that was caused or made worse by their work. As a result, the UK comes 20th out of the 34 OECD countries when judged on its safety record. The TUC believes all these deaths and injuries could have been avoided if employers took the proper precautions.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, BCP TUC president said: “There is nothing more basic than having the right to go to work in the morning and return home again at the end of the day, but for a significant number of people work is a hazard to their health.
Workers expect proper protection when at work and it is essential that the government are not allowed to make further cuts to vital health and safety legislation. On Workers’ Memorial Day we will be remembering the dead, but pledging to continue the fight for the living. We certainly didn’t vote to die at work.”

Programme for Workers’ Memorial Day

11.45am Assemble War Memorial, Bournemouth Central Gardens

12noon Minute’s silence followed by the wreath laying and a brief speech

12.15pm Event ends

For more information, please email info@bcptuc.org

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College criticised for backing Workfare programme

Trades unions and community groups have called on the Bournemouth and Poole College to withdraw its support for the government’s discredited Work Programme which seeks to coerce the unemployed into unpaid work, after it emerged the college was encouraging employers on their website to “Try before they buy” – describing the unemployed as expendable commodities. Whilst the phrase has now been removed, the Work Programme still enables unscrupulous employers to use staff for up to three months without offering them any pay, formal training or travel expenses. Amid widespread controversy, a number of high street names have withdrawn their backing for the scheme, but attention has now turned to the local college.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, President of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Trades Union Council said: “The Work Programme is the modern-day equivalent of slavery. Unemployed people are being used as a form of cheap labour, with no real chance of ever finding a proper job. It’s a shabby scheme that is exploiting those who are desperate to find work and the college should immediately withdraw its support for such a discredited programme.”

The local TUC and anti-cuts group, Bournemouth and Poole Anti Cuts Coalition (BPACC), plan to target the college with a wave of protests if it refuses to distance itself from the Work Programme.

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