Date: Wed, May 4, 2011 at 4:27 PM
Subject: DANGER! Workers rights to work in a safe and healthy workplace are under threat

Workers rights to work in a safe and healthy workplace are under threat.
* The government have cut the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) by 35%.
* From April the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has decided to stop inspecting most workplaces in London .
* In October HSE’s popular and useful Infoline will be closed and not replaced.
* The government has started a major review of all health and safety legislation. The HSE has agreed to reduce all ‘proactive’ unannounced inspections by a third with immediate effect – that’s 11,000 fewer workplace inspections this year.
The following industries will now never get an unannounced inspection and only get a visit from an inspector after an accident or serous complaint: the whole of the public sector including health, education, local government, prisons and emergency services; public transport including buses and airports; the post office and parcels delivery; quarries; agriculture; manufacturing industries including light engineering, plastics, rubber, furniture, printing and paper.
The government is rolling back important rights for workers to boost business.
What are the implications of these attacks and what can be done about it?
You are invited to a briefing seminar, hosted by the Right to Work Campaign, to hear the facts and discuss options for trade unionists.
Speakers include:
Mick Holder (Hazards Campaign),
Simon Hester (Prospect union representative for London ’s HSE inspectors),
Tony O’Brien (Construction Safety Campaign).
Tuesday 10 May, 6.30pm, Somers Town Community Centre, 150 Ossulston Street, London NW1 1EE